Sorella Montepulciano 2016


A vibrant but dark red in the glass, with a decidely dark Cherry fruited nose with touches of earth and tar before sweeter oak is folded through.

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From my tastings of many “Monte’s” from around the world and Australia, it is deemed a good alternative to Shiraz. A variety that is very late in ripening and is as tough as they come. I like to drink Monte and hence I have wanted to make one for a long time. The vineyard is in the northern side of the Adelaide Hills. It is on a tough piece of dirt and yet it seems to survive and even laugh at this.  The grapes were slowly fermented and part of this batch was given extended time on skins. The result is a wine with great tannin structure suited to food with lingering fruit that opens up with air.

Patrick Erkel – 92  Wine Rating

A lush and deep red with some purple hues in the glass, the nose give rich and floral dark cherry / plum fruit with a thread of liquorice strap and leather. The palate is supple, full and transitions seamlessly between primary dark berry fruits and a tannin profile that gives structure that is underpinned by earth and graphite. There is a vanilla laced black cherry note on the mid before a return of a more savoury drying aspect to finish. A very good wine.


Halliday: 95 – “This deeply coloured wine takes no prisoners – simply because it doesn’t need to. It’s a cliche, I know, but this is an iron fist in a velvet glove. Its power doesn’t emanate from a high alcohol jab to the solar plexus or sock-it-to-them tannins, what it does have is some of all of those characteristics within a swathe of strangely comforting black and purple fruits.”


Vintage: 2016
Grape varieties: 100 % Montepulciano
Region: Adelaide Hills, Kersbrook , Australia
Winemaker: Darryl Catlin
Closure: Stelvin
Alcohol (ABV): 14%
Acidity: 6.9  g/l
Residual Sugar: 0.16  g/l
Wine pH: 3.57
Oak: Approx 20% new French oak balance old French Oak.
Vegan Friendly: Yes

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