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Simon Black, winemaker at Montalto along with his contemporaries are making a compelling case for the potential of Mornington Peninsula to be recognised as a world-class Pinot Noir region.
Where the upper echelons of the Montalto range focus on specific vineyards or sites, the Pennon Hill Pinot Noir represents a more overarching snapshot of the vintage. While the Lion’s share of the fruit comes from the Pennon Hill vineyard on the Montalto estate, it also incorporates several clones and vineyards from across the whole Peninsula.
The 2015 vintage produced wines that were soft, approachable yet complex - the sort of wines that offer immediate drinking pleasure for the Aussie Pinotphiles out there.
This vintage is punching well above its weight.
What It Tastes Like
“A youthful ruby colour in the glass; on the nose it shows concentrated red cherry, raspberry and cranberry fruits with subtle earthy spice. The palate is lively and fruit-forward with the flavours mirroring the aromas. The wine has fine-grained tannins with a gentle grip and a soft, warm finish.” - Simon Black (Winemaker)
92 points. “Bang, we’re on a winner. First sniff/sip and you’re hooked. Sweet-sour, briary, filled with fruit but spicy. It covers a lot of ground and makes it seem like it’s no problem at all. Tannin is there. Balance is perfect. There’s a whisper of sweet oak and it’s a good thing. People are going to love drinking this. Could easily nudge the score up a point or two, for the sheer pleasure it provides.”
- Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
A youthful ruby colour in the glass; on the nose it shows concentrated red cherry, raspberry and cranberry fruits with subtle earthy spice. The palate is lively and fruit-forward with the flavours mirroring the aromas. The wine has fine-grained tannins with a gentle grip and a soft, warm finish.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Montalto are one of the quiet achievers of the Mornington Peninsula. Under the guidence of gun winemaker Simon Black they have amassed an enviable portfolio of vineyards and and wines from across the region. With the obvious focus being on Burgundian varieties, there are plenty of surprises to be had in the Montalto range including a cracking cool-climate Shiraz and some interesting aromatic whites and Rose.
The Mornington Peninsula has become a go-to destination for lovers of modern Australian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mornington’s perfect climatic conditions for producing these varieties has seen it become, in only a relatively short time, one of the premier regions for these varieties in the country. The wines are beautiful. The best examples are wines which show a restrained power. Both intensity and elegance. It’s a region which will continue to blossom and mature for many years to come.
No variety captures the hearts and minds of the wine lover quite like Pinot Noir. It’s the unicorn of many a winemaker. Notoriously fickle to grow, this delicate red variety can deliver a kaleidoscope of flavours and aromas, from the bright and floral to the moody and mysterious and everything in between. The cooler regions of Australia are where Pinot Noir is most at home. Look to Tasmania and Victoria for the best examples, with some quality wines beginning to show from the Great Southern and from the cooler parts of NSW. Falling in love with Pinot Noir can be a life long affair, beware the charms of this most enchanting of grapes.
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