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Hesketh Wines

Barossa Valley Montepulciano

In keeping with a traditional Italian Montepulciano, this wine is deeply coloured with a smooth lingering and complex finish. Matured for eighteen months in new (10%) and older (90%) French oak barriques, this wine is approachable when young, but with excellent potential to improve with appropriate cellaring.


Vintages and Tasting notes

2013 | 2014

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Wine Press and Accolades

94 points – Tony Keys - The Key Report – Mar 2016

“The accompanying notes say the vineyard that provided the grapes for this wine produced fruit that had ‘soulful fruit flavours’. On tasting, I can agree. The dark, slightly bitter edge to the flavour could be called soulful. It’s a wonderful wine of contrasting flavours as it travels. I enjoyed it immensely. 94 points and value at $25.”

Paul Ippolito – Apr 2015

“I enjoy this style of Italian red and believe that it firmly has a place on the Australian wine scene. It’s medium bodied nature, spicy fruit composition, tempered oak and smooth mellowness is attuned to our warmer climate and Mediterranean friendly food cuisine. You get the lovely deep sour cherries, raspberries and plums shining through nicely, both in the glorious aroma but also more importantly in a fruit driven palate of delicious moreishness. A versatile proposition as I said and drinking well for at least the next 3-4 years. Try it with lasagna. About $25.”

93 points – Tony Keys - The Key Report – Mar 2015

“Good dusty nose, restrained across the palate warmth on the end, in short good gear, not great but good 93 points and well worth $25, go give it a try, step out of the comfort zone.”

90 points – Chris Shanahan - Good Frood – Feb 2015

“The red variety, montepulciano, grows widely across central Italy and is the signature variety of the Abruzzi region, sold under the official appellation “Montepulciano d’Abruzzo”. The wines seldom scale the quality heights, but the best provide real drinking satisfaction in an earthy, rustic, savoury style. A few Australian producers now work with montepulciano, including the Tscharke family, who sell part of their Barossa crop to Jonathon Hesketh and Phil Lehmann – the guys behind the Hesketh label. Their appealing wine offers bright, fresh fruit aromas and a medium bodied palate that teases with vibrant fruit, cut by tart, savoury tannins.”

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