MONTALTO SINGLE VINEYARD
Exceptional quality, single site, Mornington Peninsula wines.
Our Single Vineyard wines are produced from a handful of sites across the Mornington Peninsula, each with their own characteristics, driven by the individual microclimates of the Peninsula.
The resulting wines offer a true reflection of the expression of each site under the expert hand of our award-winning winemaking team.
“To use an analogy, the Single Vineyard wines are like the principal soloists in an orchestra; each is unique in their offering. Years of innovative trial work in the winery has given us the knowledge required to capture the hallmark qualities and personality from these sites.”
Winemaker, Simon Black
Our Single Vineyard Blocks
Established: 1986 | Elevation: 110 metres
The northerly aspect offers protection from the cool southerlies and plenty of sunshine during ripening. A small block of MV6 Pinot Noir sits alongside our ‘The Eleven’ Chardonnay and is part of the original vineyard, planted in 1986, at our home in Red Hill. This is a special site where old, dry-grown vines deliver a wonderful depth of flavour.
Established: 1990 | Elevation: 150-170 metres
Higher altitude and exposure to southerly winds means cooler ripening conditions, ideal for preserving the delicate fruit aromatics. The northerly aspect and use of windbreaks help create a warmer microclimate. This vineyard thrives in warm, dry years with pure and delicate fruit flavours and great natural acidity.
Established: 1998 | Elevation: 55 metres
At low elevation and relatively inland, our Merricks site would be warmer if not for the cooler influence of southerly sea breezes off Western Port Bay. Consistency is a feature of this vineyard, performing well in the warm and cool years.
Tuerong (Pinot Noir)
Established: 1995 | Elevation: 30 metres
The northern end of the Peninsula is warmer and drier and the sea breeze reduces the effects of extreme heat which can shutdown grapevines during heatwaves. Here we get a depth of flavour, body and ripe structural tannins in our pinot noir. Shiraz also performs well in cool climate style, pushing past the primary flavours of white pepper and into lovely dark brambly fruit and spice.
Established: 1993 | Elevation: 30 metres
This is the warmer and drier part of the Peninsula where the fruit ripens early in the season and for pinot noir that means a darker fruit profile with a great depth of flavour and structure. The afternoon sea breeze reduces any hot northerly winds. This is our only site with the Bernard clones of chardonnay which are an important part of the Tuerong Block chardonnay.
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