Family Reserve Montepulciano 2016

Family Reserve Montepulciano 2016

Family Reserve Montepulciano 2016

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  • 4 Stars Michael Cooper
  • sustainable production
The Montepulciano grape variety originates from Central Italy.  Try it with an Italian antipasto platter or delicious New Zealand game! 


Tasting Notes
Our boldly coloured Family Reserve Montepulciano 2016 is bursting with power, concentration and texture, showing a heady nose of dark fruit, chocolate and tobacco. A stylish wine that will age gracefully over the next decade.

Ideal serving temperature: 18°C

Our Family Reserve 
In exceptional years we release wines under our Family Reserve label. They are a powerful expression of our land and our vision.

From Sustainable Production, accredited by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand


4 Stars Michael Cooper  
Showing good personality and colour, this wine is mouth-filling, with strong, fresh plum and spice flavours, earthy, savoury notes adding complexity, and finely balanced tannins. Drink now or cellar.


        From Sustainable Production, accredited by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand

        Montepulciano originates from Central Italy and produces large, almost seedless grape berries of an amazing dark colour.

        With a relatively low acidity (especially for an Italian varietal) and mild sweet tannins it is ideally suited to the temperate Nelson climate.

        Weather Conditions: Spring and early summer were hot and extremely dry. Much needed rain came in December and January promoting a vibrant and healthy canopy.

        After a warm summer we received more rain just a few days before harvest. A tremendous “Indian Summer” followed, enabling us to pick our most exciting Montepulciano yet.

        • 100% fruit from our Home block
        • Moutere clay soil with a layer of sandy loam
        • Close planting: 3780 vines/ha
        • Manual shoot thinning, leaf plucking and crop reduction
        • Hand-harvested and hand-sorted on 7 May

        Extremely gentle winemaking: di-stemmed before fermentation on the skins, hand-plunged, moderate pressing, gravity-fed from press area to main winery, minimal pumping, filtration in a single pass from cloudy to sterile

        • aged for 12 months in two and three year old French barrels in temperature controlled barrel room

        • Bottled on 18 July 2017 in light-weight bottles to reduce our carbon footprint
        • Screw capsules, 13.5% alcohol
        only 95 cases produced


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