Current Vintage: 2014
A grape with its roots in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy, it may seem a bit wild and crazy to see a Rolf Binder Montepulciano in a bottle! Fortunately we have access to grapes from an Eden Valley grower, who has grafted some old Riesling vines to this varietal.
Bright ruby/purple colour with cherry, blackberry fruit and pepper on the nose.
A light to medium bodied style, the palate shows hints of tar, chocolate, plum and spice with a firm, dry finish.
Drink now or enjoy this wine over the next 5-8 years.
92 points, James Halliday
Wine Companion 2017
Drink to 2027
“Dark cherry, tar, spice, sage and slightly resinous oak. Medium bodied, dense and smooth, all dark cherry, brine and tar with dark chocolate. Sumptuous Turkish coffee tannin, and some coffee oak to go with it. Dry, firm and earthy on the finish with a distinct saline character. Shows promise I think.”
90 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
“This is a blockbuster style but it works, with bright acidity and lots of mineral, spice and berry character. Hints of wet earth. Extremely intense and gorgeous. So stylish. Drink now.”
93 points, James Suckling, Wine Critic