''Good colour; quite dense and dark with a touch of spice; warm on the palate, with a light savoury edge to the firm and ample finish''. - James Halliday 2009.
Situated at over 500 metres and with soils of ancient red clay loam of volcanic origin, the Montrose vineyards deliver distinctive high quality grapes that with careful nurturing create wines of outstanding varietal character, complexity and balance.
Montrose was established in 1974 by Carlo Salteri and Franco Belgiorno-Nettis, Italian engineers with a love of fine wine. The Italian connection continued with the appointment of Italian born and trained winemaker Carlo Corino in 1976.
The grapes were harvested at ideal flavour ripeness and the wine spent 12 days fermenting on skins to extract colour, flavour and tannin, then completing its secondary fermentation in French oak hogsheads followed by extended maturation prior to final barrel selection, blending and bottling in early 2011. Lifted red fruit aromas lead to a flavoursome, palate, with gentle yet firm tannins and a lovely mouth feel.
> Halliday rated 94 points, 2011 Vintage
''While the label design is new, and the Robert Oatley Vineyards ownership likewise, the Black Shiraz of Montrose is a wine that has excelled over the years, and this is no exception. There is an abundance of red and black fruits on the supple medium-bodied palate, the flavours framed by perfectly integrated oak and fine-grained tannins.''ÃÂ Ã¢ÂÂ James Halliday 2011 Vintage
Bright crimson-purple; an attractive array of red and black fruits on the medium-bodied palate; controlled oak and tannins; good length.
Tasting Note: Bright crimson-purple; an attractive array of red and black fruits on the medium-bodied palate; controlled oak and tannins; good length.