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Montalto

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Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

A moment out of the ordinary. Owned by the Mitchell family since 1997, Montalto is where seasonal, heirloom produce is grown, shared and celebrated. Montalto’s home estate of 30 acres under vine is the heartland for their premium wines. Their award-winning winemaking team, led by Simon Black, create wines of exemplary quality and character, utilising winemaking techniques that complement the unique qualities derived from only the very best parcels of fruit taken from their five vineyards, in a style that reflects each vineyard site. Perfect to drink now, or to cellar, Montalto wines are to savour.

Wine list

Montalto Pennon Hill Sparkling Rose

NV

A lace-like thread of bright red fruit flavours, notably strawberry and red cherry sherbert combine with some apple and rhubarb notes and a whiff of talc. The palate is creamy and effortless along a gentle bead of froth and bright crunchy acidity.

Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Gris

2024

A highly fragrant wine reminiscent of perfumed talc, musk sticks, apple blossom, Nashi pear, lemon sherbet with some mineral and nettle complexity. The palate is rich, expressive, yet supple, and beautifully textured with classic Gris oiliness balanced by bright natural acidity and spicy warmth.

Montalto Pennon Hill Chardonnay

2023

Lemon curd, white peach, nectarine and grapefruit meld with subtle Turkish Delight, white florals and cinnamon. There are some gentle oak aromas by the way of brioche and roast hazelnuts just to round out the package.

Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir

2023

A classically vibrant and moreish Pennon Hill Pinot Noir. Lively aromas of cherry liqueur, milk chocolate, orange blossom and sage suggest a wine that’s both eminently drinkable yet complex. On the palate there’s bucket loads of red fruits in the form of ripe red cherry plus chinotto and classic Mornington Campari. Fresh acidity across the mid palate enhances the sense of life and vibrancy before an array of spice and structural tannin take over for a long savoury finish.

Montalto Chardonnay

2022

Slate and flint, lemon curd, crème brulee, lime splice, roasted hazelnuts, white florals, a lick of sulphides all chime in to play their part. The influence of spicy French oak compliments the generous fruit profile which is tied together with bright and energetic naturally acidity and a textural, creamy finish.

Montalto Pinot Noir

2022

Classically red-fruited, raspberry, cherry, and cranberry combine with blood orange, rose petal, spice, earth, pink peppercorn, fresh herbs, forest floor, and some oak-inspired co ee grind notes, making for a wonderfully aromatic and complex aroma profile. A core of quenching juicy red fruit gives way to a savoury line showing just a subtle character of cured meat or charcuterie. There’s minerality in this wine too and a fine polished tannin, which carries the length of the palate. Moreish acidity gives purpose, brightness, and a long expressive finish.

Montalto Pinot Gris

2023

A highly aromatic and expressive nose of Turkish delight, lychee, musk and rosewater. On the palate the wine is generous and juicy with classic Pinot Gris fruits of baked pear and apple combining with a savory chicken stock character. A Gris of generosity, flesh and structure.

Winemaker

Simon Black

Simon joined Montalto as Chief Winemaker in 2009 after playing an integral role in the successful set-up of a number of wineries across Victoria. Drawn to both the Peninsula, and specifically Montalto, for the promised potential of cool climate, maritime vineyards, Simon found both freedom of creativity and expression working alongside John Mitchell who famously said to Simon upon his arrival ‘Just go and do it, I’ll let you know if there’s a problem.’ "Being allowed full control, I’ve been able to build up a complete picture in my head with all of our sites contributing to the master plan.” Simon’s master plan has resulted in countless incredibly impressive awards, trophies and highlights over the years - most recently being awarded the 2021 James Halliday Australian Chardonnay Trophy Winner as the highest pointed Chardonnay for his 2019 Montalto Single Vineyard “Tuerong Block” Chardonnay.

Vineyard

Montalto Vineyard

Montalto’s three wine labels are drawn from five different vineyards across the Mornington Peninsula. Simon Black explains how the wines relate: “To use an analogy, the Single Vineyard wines are like the principal soloists in an orchestra; each is unique in their offering. Years of innovative trial work in the winery has given us the knowledge required to capture the hallmark qualities and personality from these sites. The Montalto wines are more like the orchestra, where all the musicians come together to create a multilayered symphony. These wines are crafted from our best parcels of fruit from our vineyards across the Peninsula. The Pennon Hill wines are all about drinkability. They showcase all the qualities that the Mornington Peninsula is best known for – perfume, purity, varietal expression and brightness."

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