Montalto Single Vineyard 'Main Ridge' Pinot Noir 2022
A beguiling wine that is revered here at Montalto. Initially this wine appears fragile and delicate with expressive aromatics. The palate shows sweet red fruits with some subtle darker characters of chinotto and Amaro liqueur. There’s a little spice, dried herbs and tea leaf combining for a savory mid palate that is then absorbed by bold pumice stone tannins. There is a fruit and tannin interplay at work here that should not coexist, yet this unique site makes it both possible and formidable.
Simon Black, Chief Winemaker
Hand harvested grapes were sorted and destemmed before a 3-day cold soak. Wild
fermentation then peaked at 32 degrees Celsius followed by a 7-day post ferment
maceration. The wine was then pressed and lightly racked to French oak barriques
(28.6% new) for natural malolactic fermentation and 11 months maturation before
blending and bottling in February 2023.