“Red and black cherry are the hallmark fruit qualities in the 2018 Estate Pinot Noir. Combine this with notes of black tea, blood orange, florals, spice, earth, dried herbs and forest floor, with a lick of tiramisu trailing from the oak and the results is a formidable and complex aroma profile. With the warmer 2018 season, we upped the ante with whole-bunch work to build in some additional aromatics and savoury qualities. The sweet fruit is harnessed by some serious structural ripe tannin which carries the length of the palate and is supported by bright natural acidity and a long and savoury finish.” –Simon Black, winemaker
The Montalto label represents the best parcels of fruit from their Estate Vineyards. Balanced vine physiology and meticulous attention to detail in the vineyard ensure premium quality. A vintage of both fragrance and structure, the Estate Pinot is a blend of vineyards from across the region including the cooler areas of Red Hill and Main Ridge and from the warmer Tuerong vineyards. Red Hill and Main Ridge blocks provide classic red fruited high-toned notes, whilst darker and earthier qualities come from the warmer Tuerong vineyards adding depth and structure.
– 95pts James Halliday