First Drop ~ Minchia Montepulciano 2012

First Drop ~ Minchia Montepulciano 2012
£21.00 / bottle£239.40 / case (12 bottles)
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Country: Australia
Grape variety: Montepulciano
Wine region: Adelaide Hills
Wine style: Smooth Elegant Reds
Wine Type: Red Wines
Wine Type: Vegan Wine
Wine Type: Limited Edition Wines
Drink: Now to 2022
ABV: 14.5%

Tasting Notes

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The story

With apologies to Italian speakers who may know immediately the meaning of Minchia (pronounced Min-k-ia).  The rather naughty name for this Montepulciano is meant to express its flamboyance.  The producers describe it as " Australian expression of this southern Italian variety... teasingly textured whilst bursting with 'Shirazamatazz' flavour". 

The wine

It is produced from the Montepulciano grape, most often seen in Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, often a tannic, fruity, "everyday" wine. However this could not be described as an "everyday" wine.  It has a fruity nose - ripe blueberries, cherries and raspberries - and is quite perfumed. The palate is full of concentrated black fruits - blackberries, blackcurrants and cherries - with a hint of dark chocolate and spice.  The tannins are quite dry on the teeth but the wine is really very round and smooth.  A wine for drinking with food rather than on its own, this will stand up to quite rich meat dishes.

Food Pairing

Definitely a wine for drinking with food rather than on its own, this will be a good match for tomato-based sauces, most rich meat stews and for salty foods such as cheese where the tannins will seem softer

Producer's Notes

"A sexy, svelte interpretation of flamboyant Montepulciano... A sensual, yet exurberant wine.

Colour: Dark ruby red.

Bouquet: Lifted raspberry, dark cherry aromas.

Palate: Vibrant kirsch, with zesty minerality and a spicy, lingering finish"


95 points    James Halliday     Aug 2015
"Is very similar to the Catlin '13 Montepulciano, not the least its powerful structure; here black fruits, licorice, spice and tannins all whirl around and along the palate. It is the spice that is most alluring, and each time the wine is retasted, it reveals more about its inner self - which is all good, very good."

91 points    Decanter magazine     Jan 2018
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"If you're a linguist, you might wonder about this wine's crude name, but it is meant to express its southern Italian flamboyance and 'Shirazamatazz flavour'. Matt Gant isn't known for delicate wines and this is an unashamed blockbuster, albeit very well made. It has massive inky fruit, searing acidity and firm, drying tannins, all deftly balanced on the round, velvety palate. This is still young, so enjoy with food if you're drinking it now.  Drinking Window 2018 - 2024"

This is no "everyday" Montepulciano; the tannins are evident but the wine is lovely and smooth. Long finish of fruits - blueberries, blackcurrants and more. A wine to drink with food - and it will stand up to quite rich dishes

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