First Drop Minchia Montepulciano 2013

First Drop Minchia Montepulciano 2013
£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 2025
ABV: 14%

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. 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."

93 points    Mike Bennie     Mar 2019
"Decidedly 'Italiante' in it's make-up, this is a blazingly fun wine of cherry juice, pomegranate, sweet-sour prettiness, amaro-like herb notes and a crunchy texture. Sounds about right. There's a touch of extra depth here though that suggests a wine of a bit more detail and interest, something to be thankful for despite the inherent and wild drinkability."

17 points     Jan 2019
"Deep smudgy ruby. Perhaps a very slight note of smoky reduction at first. But then lively spice and cigar-box notes. Chewy tannins with juicy fruit in the middle, sweetness of red fruit carries to a long finish and a more spicy aftertaste."

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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