2015 Growing Season experienced so many sequential days of perfect grape growing weather and has been one of the earliest harvests on record. Plentiful winter rains in 2014 were vital for the 2015 harvest. Large canopies, moderate yields and ideal ripening conditions encouraged an earlier than usual harvest free of disease.
The early harvested wines from 2015 sustained great natural acidity, ripe tannins with bright fruit flavours and spice. Another season remarkable for delivering naturally balanced wines without testing alcohols nor over ripe flavours. A very good vintage with many wines likely to demonstrate great cellaring potential.
The Montepulciano vineyard is located on our Stonewell Estate. Planted in 2001, this was Australia’s first vineyard planted to this variety indigenous to Italy. Trained onto a single cordon wire, the canopies produced from the well-established bilateral cordons are managed using a VSP [verticle shoot positioning] trellising system. This variety is very fruitful and assists with growing intensly flavoured, yet balanced fruit. Bunch thinning is carried out post véraison. The brown clay soils have shallow underlying sedimentary bedrock. Montepulciano is a late ripening grape variety but despite the longer ripening period it has an exceptional ability to retain great acidity levels in warm growing conditions.
The hand-harvested fruit is destemmed to an open top fermenter. The must is inoculated and allowed to ferment between 22-25ºC until dry. The cap is managed by pumping over twice daily without splashing. Once primary fermentation has been completed the skins are retained and allowed to macerate for a further 30 days before being bag pressed and racked to new and seasoned French oak. The wine is bottled 15 months after harvest to ensure the style retains its vibrancy and primary fruit freshness.
Download the The Master Montepulciano 2015 tasting notes
Vivid red, purple in colour aromatic and lifted. The enticing aromas will keep you coming back for more; with notes of chocolate fondue, cinnamon spice, cherry liquor and biscuit. The palate is layered and textural, with dry savoury tannins, incredible structure and great length; it’s the perfect finish.