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I am so excited to have this wine back in stock. 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 "...an Australian expression of this southern Italian variety... teasingly textured whilst bursting with 'Shirazamatazz' flavour".
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 there but they have softened such that the wine is really very round and smooth. I used to say that this wine was for drinking with food rather than on its own – and it will stand up to quite rich meat dishes – but it has really mellowed with time in bottle and is also, what one winemaker I know calls “a contemplation wine”!
This wine has mellowed so can now be drunk on its own or with food - it will be a good match for tomato-based sauces, most rich meat stews and for salty foods such as cheese
"A sexy, svelte interpretation of flamboyant Montepulciano... A sensual, yet exurberant wine. This Montepulciano, an Australian expression of this southern Italian variety, is teasingly textured, whilst bursting with ‘Shirazamatazz’ flavour.
Colour: Dark ruby red.
Bouquet: Dark cherry and savoury aromas.
Palate: Vibrant kirsch, with a brooding, savoury mid palate and a spicy, lingering finish"
95 points James Halliday 2018
"A powerful, sturdy rendition of the variety and while the 50% new French oak puncheons make their presence felt, everything is balanced. It's awash with satsuma and dark plums, licorice, soy sauce and ferrous notes that move onto a full-bodied palate, with giving tannins and plenty of grip on the finish."
This is no "everyday" Montepulciano; a lovely, smooth wine with a long, concentrated finish of fruits - blueberries, blackcurrants and more. Deserves its 95 points from James Halliday