August 8, 2018
Montalto’s Single Vineyard range, produced with fruit from individual blocks across the Peninsula, has long been held in high regard by wine aficionados. Using winemaking techniques that complement the qualities of our vineyards, Montalto winemaker Simon Black creates wines that reflect each single vineyard site.
“To use an analogy”, he explains, “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.”
If you were wondering what those qualities might taste like, you need to look no further than two recent reviews by highly-regarded wine critic Steve Baker at QWineReviews.com. Steve recently shared his thoughts on our two single vineyard chardonnays; our newest addition to the single vineyard family, the 2016 Single Vineyard ‘Tuerong Block’, and the perennial favourite 2016 Montalto ‘The Eleven’:
2016 Montalto ‘The Eleven’
I don’t dance, but I do when Montalto wines come through the door. Or perhaps it looks like I’m dancing albeit my knee’s giving way. Always measured and considered with bucket loads of interest, this release of The Eleven is no different.
Green apple, homemade lemonade, barley sugar plus white fleshed stonefruit jostle for your attention. Texture is the game winemaker Simon Black plays hard and here it is again. The mouth is coated generously yet softly. There’s an energy that’s hard to escape courtesy of lemony deliciousness and a fine trail of grapefruit. Subtle matchstick notes sit in the background happy to play a supporting role. Dainty gingerbread spice laps at your feet sitting long and playfully almost waiting for you to succumb and dive back in. And that I will.
2016 Single Vineyard Tuerong Block
The newest Single Vineyard wine to the Montalto range from a lower-lying vineyard. This just oozes funk and charisma all at the same time. Dip your oar into this ocean of beauty.
Focused and concentrated on the nose. Almond meal, white-fleshed stonefruit, vanilla and whispers of smoke from the oak, matchsticks and flint. Great aromas to begin.
A minerally drive saunters through the mouth at ease catching the eye of passers-by. Some tension through the mid-palate creates anticipation for what is to come. Lemons, flashes of orange peel and grapefruit acidity make the mouth water. Some creamy characters and licks of caramel are evident but the fruit keeps them in check. I could infuse this into my bloodstream forever and die a happy man. Go here. Please do.
We couldn’t agree more, Steve.