The 2016 Montalto "The Eleven" Chardonnay is a single vineyard wine made from eleven rows of chardonnay on our north-facing slope at the home vineyard site in Red Hill South. This site has an amazing expression of place and delivers premium quality fruit year in, year out.
Pale straw with green hues, the 2016 Montalto 'The Eleven' Chardonnay offers lemon, lime, tangerine and grapefruit combined with floral and mineral notes by way of slate and flint.
Crème brulee and brioche aromas fuse with hints of white florals. There is subtle oak influence by way of roasted hazelnuts with hints of struck match.
Purity and tension are the hallmark qualities of the 2016 "The Eleven" Chardonnay. The palate has a tight, fresh citrus focus balanced with some white-flesh stone fruits including nectarine. There is remarkable drive here and a long and focused palate. Creamy mouthfeel from both oak handling and lees influence adds richness and texture.
Food match: Roasted spatchcock with rosemary and thyme
Intensely fragrant, Montalto Single Vineyard Main Ridge Pinot Noir is a near perfect example of cool climate pinot noir.
Montalto Single Vineyard Main Ridge Pinot Noir offers a combination of red fruits including wild strawberry, raspberry, red currants and cherry with some dried herbal aromas of sage and bay leaf. Floral notes, spice, earth and forest floor are woven nicely through the primary fruit.
Careful oak handling imparts further complexity to the nose.
A concentration of fruit together with an abundance of fine tannins and bright acidity provides length and structure, making this wine a good prospect for extended cellaring.
Food match: Roasted quail
The 2016 Montalto Single Vineyard Red Hill Pinot Noir is the follow-up to the inaugural 2015 vintage from our Red Hill Block, the Montalto home vineyard at Red Hill South. It's a wine with an undeniable immediate-drinking appeal, but is sure to evolve into something even more complex over time.
Intense cherry and blood plum fruit are the driving force behind Montalto Single Vineyard Red Hill Pinot Noir, together with some earth and graphite aromas and a whisper of integrated oak.
A concentration of fruit together with an abundance of fine tannins and bright acidity provides length and structure.
There’s a minerality and savoury line flowing through on the long finish that will leave you wanting more, long after the bottle is (sadly) empty.
The Montalto Single Vineyard Tuerong Block Chardonnay is a new addition to Montalto's Single Vineyard line-up; an interesting and worthy compliment to the iconic “Eleven” Chardonnay from our home vineyard.
This is a complex chardonnay with zesty grapefruit flavours and perfectly executed textural phenolics. It has length and intensity for days.
Drink now or cellar for 10 years.
Montalto Single Vineyard 'Tuerong Block' Pinot Noir has a loyal and long-standing fan base, and with good reason.
The Tuerong Block Pinot Noir is a highly aromatic wine displaying immense complexity. Blackberry and kirsch notes combine with graphite, cherry, and earthy undertones. There’s that characteristic whole-bunch green and fragrant perfume hovering together with some subtle dried herbs and black olive. The palate is structured and shows restraint and elegance as the saturating fruits dissolve into a satisfying savoury finish.
This wine will reward cellaring - if you can wait that long to drink it.
Food match: Confit duck
Montalto Single Vineyard 'Merricks Block' Pinot Noir 2016 is fresh and bright with lovely rare purity and generosity.
Bury yourself in red berries, blue fruits, spice and some bushland fragrance on the nose. Savoury and forest undergrowth flavours add an extra dimension to the primary fruit qualities and combine nicely with some smoky oak notes.
Montalto Single Vineyard 'Merricks Block' Pinot Noir always shows a sensuous tannin profile and this vintage is no exception. It has a dry spicy finish of excellent length. Enjoy it while you can; with just 190 cases produced this one won't be on the shelves for long.
Food match: Pork Belly