Montalto Pennon Hill Shiraz 2016

This picked up trophy for Best Shiraz at the 2017 Royal Hobart Wine Show. Worthy winner indeed. Winemaker is Simon Black.

Montalto, Pennon Hill, Shiraz, Mornington Peninsula, 2016

Winemaking like a jigsaw: Some small batches underwent wild fermentation and others were inoculated. 8% up to 14 days of carbonic maceration before being destemmed and then dumped into open fermenters for wild fermentation.  French oak barriques (17% new) for malo-lactic fermentation and 11 months maturation. The picture becomes complete: Fresh, pulpy shiraz berry aromas with layers of liquorice, just-ground black & pink peppercorns and judicious smooth oak spice. Juicy, bright acidity with impeccable balance, fine silty tannins and finish of bitter espresso. Elegant and classy modern Australian shiraz.

RRP: $32
Alc: 14%
Rating: 18.5/20

Wine sample courtesy of Montalto

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