Barossa Explores Italy And It Works
Crayford Barossa Valley Montepulciano 2016
Region: Barossa Valley
Montepulciano has a future in our warmer regions as it is a late ripening variety and handles heat well which sits well in the Barossa Valley.
An interesting feature of the variety is that a long season softens out the tannins and deliver good colours, two features which will appeal to those who like Barossa Shiraz and Cabernet.
It is an indigenous variety to Italy and is widely grown and just maybe is even better suited to the warmer premium regions of Australia. I also like the soft, plummy-ness of the flavours and in the Italian manner these are held up by a good dose of refreshing acidity.
In summary a high quality useful addition to our range of varieties and thus recommended. Note that there is a town of Montepulciano in Italy but they do not grow the variety but rather the Sangiovese variety as used in Chianti.