The new release reds from Montalto in the Mornington Peninsula from the 2015 vintage are fresh out. The 2015 vintage in the region saw even temperatures in September through December, a warm to hot January and February and a dry and mild March. Yields for Montalto were fairly low at around 1.4 tonnes per acre for pinot noir, and a bit higher for shiraz (2.1 tonnes per acre). I recall the season as being quite an even one and nothing like the extreme couple of years we had locally prior to 2010.
Pennon Hill Pinot Noir 2015, abv 13.5%, $32
The Pennon Hill is Montalto’s regional offering with grapes mostly sourced from Merricks North and Red Hill South. This is a wonderfully aromatic wine, with notes of bacon, herbs, redcurrant, tea trees and fresh cut rosemary. The palate reminds of sweet and sour cherries, with a crunchy piquant impression and fresh acidity. Lovely drinking. Rating: Good
Montalto Estate Pinot Noir 2015, abv 13.6%, $50
The estate pinot noir is also sourced from vineyards across the Peninsula, with grapes from Main Ridge, Red Hill, Merricks and Tuerong. This wine is immediately a step up from the Pennon Hill, with more complex bacon, red plum and cherry aromatics. The palate has a lovely balance and harmony to it. Well made. Rating: Good to Very Good
Montalto Estate Shiraz 2015, abv 14.1%, $50
This wine is a single vineyard wine from Tuerong. Straddling a cooler and warmer climate shiraz in style, it has aromatics of baked red currants and tea trees, the latter a local character. There’s plenty of glycerol on the palate, with a medium bodied impression. Rating: Good
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