It was an incredible result for Montalto at the 2015 Winewise Small Vignerons Awards. Three Gold medals in the pinot noir class, plus the trophy going to the 2014 Pennon Hill for best pinot noir. Not only did the judges declare it best pinot of the show, they also declared it the best-value pinot they’ve tried all year.
2014 Pennon Pinot Noir—Gold Medal & Trophy Best Pinot
2014 Montalto Estate Pinot Noir—Gold Medal
2014 Merricks Block SV Pinot—Gold Medal
Award/Review NotesThere was absolutely nothing between the top two wines. They received exactly the same score in the first round of judging, and in the trophy taste-off two judges gave it to the Merricks over the Pennon Hill by a small margin, but the third strongly preferred the Pennon Hill, giving it the narrowest of victories.
2014 Montalto Pennon Hill Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir
This is a pinot noir of great elegance and length of flavour. There’s a hint of undergrowth complexity to the bright red berry/cherry nose and the tannins are supremely fine. Almost-subliminal oak completes the picture. The best-value pinot noir we’ve tasted this year. ★★★★★
2014 Montalto Merricks Block Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir
An intense, fragrant, complex wine showing dark cherry, high quality oak and a hint of whole bunch character. The palate is intense, structured and long, but above all, beautifully balanced. ★★★★★
The Pennon Hill is an obvious choice if you’re looking for a pinot to enjoy over the next 2-3 years. Pinot Noir fans who like to cellar for five years and more should opt for the Merricks Block.