Just three rows or 0.2ha of this savoury Italian red are growing in our vineyard – and only 9ha in all of New Zealand.
Montepulciano produces large, almost seedless berries of an inky black colour. With its extremely thick skins it’s well protected against disease, meaning we can pick the fruit about three weeks later than any other variety. It’s this late autumn ripening that gives us the unique colour and flavour concentration.
Our Montepulciano will cut through some of the meatiest meats like New Zealand game or Italian hare ragu, and will also pair nicely with rich, roasted winter vegetables - enjoy!
94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, camdouglasms.com
Aromas of dark berries and dark clay earth complexity, some toasty wood layers and moments of spice and mystery. On the palate equally fruity and enticing with a fruit core that mirrors the bouquet, lots of boysenberry and black cherry then firm tannins and back bone of acidity for palate feel and power.
A lovely wine with an array of textures and flavours, great with food and cheeses. Lengthy finish, well made and ready to drink from 2024 through 2034.
4½ Stars Michael Cooper, michaelcooperwines.com
Still unfolding, the 2021 vintage was estate-grown and matured for a year in seasoned French oak barrels. Full-coloured and freshly scented, it is mouthfilling and vibrantly fruity, with strong, vigorous, berryish, spicy flavours, savoury notes adding complexity, and supple tannins. Best drinking 2025+.
Mother Nature threw some hefty challenges at us with unsettled weather and gale-force wind in spring followed by a hail storm on Boxing Day.
The humid and cold conditions in December made pollination difficult, resulting in small bunches with far less berries than usual.
Luckily we dodged the worst of the hail storm in December and only the Pinot Noir suffered damage.
In January the weather finally turned and the sun kept smiling down on us right into harvest. On 15 March we started picking beautifully healthy grapes of outstanding fruit concentration. Just smaller than wished for volumes…
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