To celebrate the release of the new 2020 Halliday Wine Companion guide we have put together 2 of our highest scoring wines.
2018 Montara Grampians Riesling and 2017 Montara Grampians Shiraz
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2018 Montara Grampians Riesling
Region: Grampians (100%)
Colour/Appearance: Pale straw
Aromatics: Aromas of lemon blossom, lifted floral notes of elderflower and rosewater
Palate: Hallmark regional lemon/lime characters-the residual sugar integrates well with the wines natural acidity. The wine has a tension, yet a soft texture ensuring great drinkability.
Vinification/Maturation: Fruit sourced from two separate Riesling blocks from the Montara vineyard. Harvested in the cool of night by machine, the grapes were gently pressed to stainless steel for settling and temperature controlled fermentation-with inoculated yeasts. A small portion was wild fermented separately in older French oak. Ferment temperatures not exceeding 14°C. Fermentation was concluded leaving the resultant wine with 4g/litre residual sugar. Wine was aged on lees for 5 months to build texture and complexity before filtration and bottling in August 2019
Cellaring potential: 10+ years
General Comments: Great varietal and regional expression – this Riesling is drinking well on release, but will develop further complexity with bottle maturation and careful cellaring. Ideal as an aperitif or will compliment a variety of cuisines.
2017 Montara Grampians Shiraz
Region: Grampians (100%)
Colour/Appearance: Deep red/purple
Aromatics: Ripe blue to dark fruits with lifted spicy florals and cedary oak
Palate: Dark fruits of blackcurrant and spicy fruit compote with an integrated cedary finish. Fine integrated tannins give the wine structure, integrity and elegance.
Vinification/Maturation: Grapes were harvested by machine and hand from the Montara Estate plantings, in early March of 2017. Fruit was destemmed before transfer to 2 and 8 tonne open fermenters. Twice daily pump overs and punch downs were conducted to extract the desired colour and tannin. Wine was transferred to 25% new French oak hogsheads and puncheons for maturation prior to bottling in January, 2019
General Comments: An extremely elegant age-worthy Grampians Shiraz made for the long haul. Careful cellaring will reward. Will pair nicely with choice beef or venison cuts.
*Our 2018 Old Vines Single Vineyard Grampians Riesling- also came home with 96* and is available to club members only.