Montepulciano is the second most common grape variety in Italy and is planted in central and southern Italy most notably in Abruzzo but also in the Marche region where Adele's dad's family are from. The fruit is late-ripening and often high yielding. The wines generally weighty, have low acidity and soft tannins and feel plummy in the mouth.
The Rolf Binder 2018 Montepulciano fruit was sourced from a very special Eden Valley vineyard where this varietal has been grafted to 25+-year-old Riesling vines. The yield was approx. 2.5 tonnes/acre with about a third of the crop dropped at veraison in order to maximise the concentration of flavour in the vineyard. Grapes were harvested later than ever before, in May, as this region, with its cool nights and high elevation, is perfect for slow ripening and intense fruit flavours.
The winemaker’s intent was to capture more of the typical essence of the Tuscan style Montepulciano wines. The wine was matured for 10 months in 3-year-old barrels - 80% French oak and 20% American. This release was bottled earlier than previous releases for a slightly lighter, more crunchy style.
The wine has a bright ruby/purple colour with cherry, blackberry fruit and pepper on the nose. A fuller-bodied, more ‘Barossa style’ than one would experience in Italy, yet still quite vibrant and juicy. The palate shows hints of plum and spice with chalky tannins and firm, dry finish.