2018 After Five Wine Co.
Single Vineyard Montepulciano
A powerful wine that delivers a crunchy lively textural palate showing fine tannin that is very consistent across the palate and natural acidity that drags fruit to the very back of the palate, all the elements that this variety delivers.
72 in stock
Vineyard: Single Vineyard - Stansborough Vineyard, Williamstown.
The site is around 260-280m above sea level with an east west aspect. Soil consists of a shallow red clay top soil over friable red clay with bands of quartz, ironstone and shale. The vineyard was planted in 2011 and is own rooted, clone is SAV1101. The vines are spur pruned. The mid rows have been cultivated to winter active fescue and the vineyard has been run organically since late mid-2017.
The fruit was picked on the 9th April.
All the fruit was destemmed and lightly crushed (rollers open) to 1 x open fermenter with header boards and 1 x 1 tonne Poly Fermenter, both were allowed to commence indigenous fermentation. Temperatures were allowed to reach 28C the open fermenter was pumped over 3 times per day with the poly plunged 3 x times daily. After 10 days on skins the open fermenter was basket pressed and transferred into 1 x new French oak hogshead with the balance to 1-4 year old French oak hogsheads, the poly was topped and was left on skins for 3 months before pressing. Both underwent malo-lactic fermentation, after malo-lactic fermentation SO2 was added to the barrels. The wine was then left on light lees to mature for 5 months before racking, the wine was then transferred back to the same oak and matured for another 12 months. No finings or filtration used.
Vibrant colour, complex aromas of dark cherry, fennel seed, plum, herbs oregano and thyme. A powerful wine that delivers a crunchy lively textural palate showing fine tannin that is very consistent across the palate and natural acidity that drags fruit to the very back of the palate, all the elements that this variety delivers.
Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 8 years.
Alc/vol 14.5 % TA 5.51 g/l pH 3.59 RS 2.2 g/l VA 0.68 g/l
Current Vintage Accolades
2019 Barossa Wine Show – The JBG Architects Trophy for Class 18 – Best Red Wine – Other Varietals
2019 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal
2019 Australian Alternate Varieties Wine Show – Gold Medal
Winestate Magazine – 5 Stars/Equal top in class
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 pts
Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion) – 95 points
Destemmed, lightly crushed, wild yeast open ferment, 10 days on skins, basket-pressed, mlf, maturation in new French hogshead and older French oak for 5 months, racked and then another 12 months maturation, no fining, no filtration. Vegan friendly. A striking young Italian variety finding a home in the Barossa Valley, and what’s not to like? It strikes a dramatic dense purple pose in the glass, the scent is pure La Dolce Vita with exotic spice, black cherry and enduring anise. It flows beautifully across the tongue, smooth, intense but with lively tannins. Jeni Port Halliday Wine Companion (95 points)