Way Wood Wines McLaren Vale Montepulciano 2013
This is a breakout wine. A wine to make you think ‘maybe Monte could really work in McLaren Vale’. Fruit is sourced from a site in the Willunga foothills.
Bright purple red, this has that classic dark berry Montepulciano fruit character, supported by coffeed oak and a real thickness to the nose. The dry, firmly extractive palate is hearty and grippy, without falling over into excess extraction, if just a little sour to finish.
This much flavour, tannins and grip at just 13.5% alcohol? Ladies and gentlemen mark this down as one seriously smart, high potential red. Not subtle by any means (though Monte can be that way), but the balance and density here is commendable.
It’s a yes from me.
Details: 13.5%, Screwcap, $35
Tasted: May 2015 (sample)
Score: 17.7/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? I’d certainly drink a glass or two.
Buy online: Way Wood Wines website
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Had the pleasure of trying this at the brand new WayWood cellar door a few weeks ago, poured by winemaker Andrew Wood himself. I loved the hint of eucalyptol on the nose, loved it!