October 12, 2018
Warm spring weather sees our vineyard awake from hibernation and begin the journey toward the next crop of award-winning wines.
And as the season changes and the days grow longer, the full-bodied reds and richer white wines that we enjoyed over winter stay in the cellar. Barbecues, social gatherings, drinks on the verandah and the seasonal foods of spring and summer call for wines that are light and refreshing, and (dare-we-say?) easy-drinking.
One of the most popular warm-weather wines is rosé. For many, it’s the perfect white wine/red wine hybrid. Made from (at least some) red grapes, the fruit’s juice and skins are kept in contact for a minimal amount of time, giving the wine a blush of colour.
Montalto rosé is made using the dominant red grape of the Mornington Peninsula, pinot noir, and is fermented to dryness. Refreshingly crisp, it exhibits the typical pinot rosé aroma and flavour profile of strawberries and cream, but with a subtle touch of spice and texture to make it a versatile match with food. Pennon Hill Rosé is a perfect match for a charcuterie platter of salami, prosciutto, hard cheese and olives.
One of our other favourite warmer-weather drops is the Italian-style pinot grigio. Our Pennon Hill Pinot Grigio is made from the pinot gris grape but is harvested at lower levels of ripeness, with higher natural acidity. We gently press these grapes as whole bunches, resulting in exceptionally pure, high-quality juice that is a pale quartz-like colour. The juice is then fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures to retain maximum aromatics and fresh fruit qualities. The result? A lighter-bodied wine, with delicate aromas and flavours of white blossoms, green apple, nashi pear and a refreshing acidity. Try it with fresh spring asparagus on the barbecue.
Sunshiny days bring a longing not just for lighter-style wines, but for lighter dishes, too. Seafood is a sure-fire winner and nothing goes with seafood quite like a dry riesling. Our home vineyard in Red Hill is home to one of Mornington Peninsula’s very few plantings of riesling, and the cool, south-facing site produces floral aromas, zesty citrus fruit flavours and subtle ginger-like spice on the finish. Whether it’s a plate of oysters on the deck or fish and chips on the beach, you can’t go wrong with Montalto Estate Riesling.
Although spring sees many of us reaching for refreshing white wines (and rose!), those extra daylight hours are the perfect excuse to get out and cook dinner on the barbie. Whether it’s grilled lamb cutlets, snags from your local butcher, or a nice juicy steak, you’re going to be reaching for something red. But you can’t drink a big, rich red when its warm out – or can you? Meet your perfect match: Pennon Hill Tempranillo (pronounced “Tem-pra-NEE-yo”). It’s a medium-bodied red wine with juicy and generous red fruits (ripe strawberry, plum and red cherry) that are backed by pleasantly fine dusty tannins and savoury earthy and herbal notes.
Of course, if you really want to celebrate spring, there’s only one option: a chilled glass of sparkling Montalto Estate Cuvée. Luckily, we’ve got you covered there, too. Cheers to spring!