Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir 2023

Mornington Peninsula

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A classically vibrant and moreish Pennon Hill Pinot Noir. Fruit for the 2023 release comes from our elevated Red Hill vineyards (35%) and our warmer Tuerong sites (65%) at the northern end of the Peninsula.

Lively aromas of cherry liqueur, milk chocolate, orange blossom and sage suggest a wine that’s both eminently drinkable yet complex. On the palate there’s bucket loads of red fruits in the form of ripe red cherry plus chinotto and classic Mornington Campari. Fresh acidity across the mid palate enhances the sense of life and vibrancy before an array of spice and structural tannin take over for a long savoury finish. A wine of energy, presence, freshness and weight. An outstanding example of Pennon Hill Pinot Noir.

WINEMAKING NOTES

Bunches were meticulously sorted and then de-stemmed into 2T open fermenters followed by a short cold maceration period of between 3 and 5 days before the onset of wild fermentation. A post-ferment maceration period of between 5 and 7 days followed. At the completion of primary fermentation, the grapes were pressed, and the wine transferred to French oak barriques and Puncheons (19.6% new) for natural malo-lactic fermentation. Barrel maturation was for 9 months prior to blending and bottling.

WINE SPECS

Harvest Date: February and March 2023

Alcohol: 13.5%

Acidity: 6.08 g/l

pH: 3.51

Cases Produced:1368 dozen