Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir 2013

The evolution of Mornington Peninsula pinot noir continues at pace.  Each time I look into the pinot noirs from this region, it seems that the wines are growing more interesting and savoury.  Perhaps it's vine age, winemaking, the style is growing on me or a bit of everything.  Montalto's Pennon Hill pinot noir is from a cooler south west facing vineyard, planted in 1985 in Red Hill South.  The 2013 vintage has aromatics of cherry, spice and tea tree.  The flavours on the palate remind of bright red cherry and old cedar.  There's medium length on the finish, and the depth and intensity of flavour builds with time in the glass.  A balanced and lovely pinot noir.

Rating: Good, Abv: 13.7%, Price: $30, Source: sample, Vendors:, Website:, Tasted: 2014
Mornington Peninsula
August 26, 2014


  1. Spent a few days down there earlier this year, met with a number of producers both the old and new guards. We were pretty selective where we went, but I would also add in this case - Montalto - a lot can be credited to both the investment the winery is making, plus the guiding hand - and perpetual energy - of winemaker Simon Black.

  2. I would certainly agree with that. Next time you're down feel free to say gday; it would be great to put a person to a name :)


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