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Montepulciano

SC Pannell Montepulciano 2020


Italian giggle juice! This is a happy wine, and a variety Stephen has great hope for in our warm climate. The wine is an immediate pleasure but given a moment can be contemplative and cerebral. In a way it’s the red version of Fiano with the same juxtaposition of lean and ripe.

Originating in the warm, central, wine growing areas of Italy and regarded as a workhouse variety of great importance it suffers from a confounding name and often confused with the Tuscan town of the same name. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is in fact made from Sangiovese grapes whilst Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is made from Montepulciano grapes. 

Nose: On opening the tasting room filled with aromas of mulberry and ice-cream, what a treat! Cranberry soon gave a loud shout then dirt roads, blue metal, and charcuterie. This is not a shy wine, like a brightly coloured, friendly, street hawker with a clove cigarette on an indonesian island.

Palate: Liquorice rules the structure - firm through the middle with soft fleshy edges. Medium bodied with tannins that scaffold the fruit and then letting go on the back palate leaving nothing but bright sun-ripened fruit. Amaro right at the finish - Cina; draws you in for the next sip.

Food Pairing: Thin crust Pizza with Sopressa and a drizzle of honey eaten with fingers only. 

Alc/Vol: 14%