Lino Ramble Domino Montepulciano 2018
Native to Abruzzi in central Italy, the variety has small berries, thick skins & hence firm natural tannin structure that ripens consistently in our warm dry climate. Plenty of time skins and plenty of time in small format oak ensures that this wine will benefit with some time in the cellar or a hearty chunk of char-grilled protein. Alternatively, Andy and the Lino Ramble team love Montepulciano with a rich eggplant parmigiana.
Was a “ticketty boo” vintage. Excellent soil moisture levels at budburst, low disease pressure and good yields ensured Viticulturalists & Oenologists walked away from 2018 happy little campers. All varieties clearly benefitted from the wet conditions throughout the previous growing season. Happy times!
Hand harvested was allowed to gently macerate for 40 days on skins. Open fermented. Wild fermented. No added acid, enzymes or tannins. 10 months in old French oak barriques. Minimal SO2 addition just prior to bottling.