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Wine of the Week #1508: Mr Riggs Montepulciano

[ 2013 Mr Riggs Montepulciano d’Adelaide Hills ]


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[ Farming & Vineyards ]

Winemaker Ben Riggs love affair with Montepulciano began during his days as a “flying winemaker” – working harvest in central and southern Italy and it was these early impressions which inspired his vision for an Australian take on iconic Italian flavours. All of the Montepulciano fruit for this wine is sourced from Amadio Kersbrook vineyard, between Kersbrook and Williamstown in the Adelaide Hills. Located at 300m altitude, it is also relatively low vigour, east-facing, and grown on on grey-brown loam. Its location makes it considerably warmer and drier than other areas in the region, so the fruit ripens earlier, with much more tannin and lower acidity – all features that make it the perfect site to grow this serious dry red.

[ Price ]

BOTTLE: Regular Price: $29.95  /  Sale Price: $24.95

CASE: Regular Price: $359.40  /  Sale Price: $300.00

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[ Technical Specs ]

PRIVATE IMPORT SELECTION – AVAILABLE ONLY BY THE CASE

ALCOHOL: 14.5%

BOTTLE: 750mL

Case Pack: 12 x 750mL

GRAPES: 100% Montepulciano

[ Recipes & Food Pairings ]

Rosemary & Blue Cheese Crusted Sirloin – RECIPE

Eggplant Rolatini – RECIPE

Gorgonzola-Mushroom Mac & Cheese – RECIPE

[ Tasting Notes ]

“Crimson ruby red in colour, with purple tinges, the Mr. Riggs Montepulciano has a savoury aroma of light pepper, dried herbs (namely oregano), followed by a faint dried rose petal perfume and a gentle raspberry lift. The palate is very true to the aromas; savoury, light, raspberry and lighter red berry fruit on the palate wrapped up with velvety tannins and a hint of dried citrus peel on the back palate. Absolutely delicious, drinking beautifully now or over the next 5 years, and a very suitable partner to a large array of dishes.” (2012 Vintage)

95/100 Points James Halliday / 2015 Wine Companion

Typcially, the wines made from this variety are full bodied with deep colour, spice and plum flavours and high levels of tannin. They usually require some bottle aging and are well paired with hearty Italian cuisine or sharp cheeses. Crimson ruby red in colour, with purple tinges, this Montepulciano has a savoury aroma of light pepper, dried herbs (namely oregano), followed by a faint dried rose petal perfume and a gentle raspberry lift. The palate is very true to the aromas; savoury, light, raspberry and lighter red berry fruit on the palate wrapped up with velvety tannins and a hint of dried citrus peel on the back palate. Absolutely delicious, drinking beautifully now or over the next 5 years, and a very suitable partner to a large array of classic Italian-inspired flavours and diashes.

Winemaker’s Notes

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More about Andrew Hanna

Pulling corks and pushing cases as a third generation wine importer in Ontario, Canada selling fine wines and spirits produced by families - not factories. Get the full story at winetrader.ca

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