First Drop Minchia Montepulciano 2012

First Drop Minchia Montepulciano 2012
£21.00 / bottle£239.40 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: Australia
Wine region: Adelaide Hills
Wine style: Smooth Elegant Red
Wine Type: Red Wine
Wine Type: Vegan Wine
Drink: Now to 2024
ABV: 14.5%

Tasting Notes

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 " 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”!

Food Pairing

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

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"

17 points     Jun 2020
"Deep smudgy garnet/ruby and a soft cherry-red rim. Complex, light notes of undergrowth and tobacco, with a hint of vanilla all tied up with the red and black fruits. And a light earthiness. Plenty of spice but not as sweet in aroma as the 2008. Even a hint of something floral. On the palate, this leans towards the fruit sweetness of 2008 but is better balanced, with fresh, juicy fruit still to the fore and the complexity of age creeping up around the edges. Firm, moreish, gently chewy texture. Excellent harmony and generosity of fruit but avoiding too much fruit sweetness in this vintage. Full and rich but not heavy, with a long savoury, many-layered 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

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