Ripe and bombastic black fruit on the nose. Black cherry, plum and a touch of pipe smoke. The palate is rich and textured. Black cherry, anise, cocoa and spice box on the palate, with a touch of soft tannins. Medium- to full-bodied in weight, this is a wine for early enjoyment, paired with a rack of lamb or grilled portobellos.
Montepulciano is a red wine grape variety grown widely in central Italy, most notably in the eastern regions Abruzzo, Marche and Molise. The most famous Montepulciano wines come from Abruzzo region, where volumes are produced on the low hills and flatlands around the Adriatic coast and marketed under the Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC title. Appreciated for their soft flavours, strong colour and gentle tannins, Montepulciano wines are typically best consumed in their youth and with food.
Abruzzo is an Italian wine region on the east (Adriatic) coast. In terms of quantitative wine production, it remains Italy’s fifth most prominent region after Sicily, Puglia, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna. The geographical makeup of Abruzzo is quite remarkable. A rugged, mountainous region with a lengthy coastline, its lush, green landscape is scattered with national parks and forests. Abruzzo is ideally situated between the Adriatic sea to the east and the Apennine mountain range and the Maiella massif to the west. The region is home to Gran Sasso, one of Italy’s highest peaks at 2912 masl. The high altitudes see dramatic diurnal temperature variations which, when combined with cool mountain air currents, moderate the temperatures in the vineyards situated on the slopes. This provides a perfect mesoclimate for vines with the most favourable growing conditions being found in the low hills of Teramo, the Colline Teramane.
From select co-operative vineyards, sitting at an average of 250 masl. Planted in high density to stress the vines, the soils are a mixture of clay-marl, iron and some shale.
Hand-picked at optimal ripeness. The juice sits on the skins while undergoing a long, temperature-controlled fermentation in steel and is then aged in stainless to retain purity of fruit.