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Montinore Estate Pinot Noir 'Red Cap' 2020-Heritage Wine Store Perth CBD Bottleshop

Montinore Estate Pinot Noir 'Red Cap' 2020

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  • TASTING NOTE: “Notes of ripe cherries and dried cranberries with hints of toasted cloves and chocolate. Some ashes, too. Medium-bodied with juicy crunchiness and chalky tannin structure. Vivid acidity with fresh sour cherries at the end. Drink now. Screw cap.” 92 Points, James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com
  • ABOUT THE WINE: The 2020 season at Montinore was a game of two halves: at times challenging, at others ideal. After 18 years at the estate, winemaker Stephen Webber is well placed to roll with the punches and navigated the vagaries of the vintage (dry weather, meagre yields and a warm summer) with relative ease, turning out concentrated, complex and delicious wines. The lion’s share (75%) of Montinore’s entry-level Pinot is drawn from their dry-farmed estate vines, with the balance coming from their sustainably farmed Tidalstar vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA to the south. Tidalstar, with its warmer microclimate and volcanic soils, brings juicy fruit weight to the perfumed, bright, silky Pinot from the home site. It’s a blend to enjoy from the word go. In the cellar, the fruit is destemmed and fermented in small, open-top steel vessels and matured in a mixture of stainless steel and French and Hungarian oak (20% new) for 10 months before bottling. It's a bright, fruit-forward Pinot Noir, with the signature Montinore structure and brooding depth found throughout. Bursting with flavour, structure and energy, it’s an absolute cracker when considering the price. Bibendum

  • ABOUT THE PRODUCER: When former attorney John Forbis relocated to Oregon at the turn of the last century, he was struck by how much the property he purchased in the southern corner of Forest Grove reminded him of his home in Montana. Feeling that he had found his own Montana in Oregon, Forbis christened the property Montinore Ranch. Over the years, the ranch changed its name as it changed ownership; it wasn’t until it was purchased by the Graham Family in the 1960s that the name Montinore Ranch was restored. For the next twenty years, Montinore was cultivated for a variety of crops and even operated briefly as a cattle ranch. On May 18th, 1980, less than 90 miles away from Montinore Ranch, in the Cascade Mountain Range, Mount Saint Helens erupted, turning the sky grey as ash fell like snow for miles. Over the next few months, smaller successive eruptions would send ash falling on Montinore, smothering the fields and forever changing the viability of the existing crops. In response, the Graham Family explored the possibility of planting a more durable perennial crop and had an agricultural survey done by teams from Oregon State University and UC Davis who both concluded the terroir was perfectly suited to grape-growing. 

    In 1982, the first vines were planted and Montinore Ranch became Montinore Vineyards. Four years later, in 1986, Montinore would harvest its very first vintage. Rudy Marchesi first came to Montinore Estate in 1998 as a vineyard consultant to oversee daily operations. Having long admired the complexity of Old World wines grown according to Biodynamic principles and facing the threat of phylloxera on the estate, Rudy began implementing Biodynamic farming practices in 2003.  Two years later, Rudy purchased Montinore Estate and further committed himself to the practice of Biodynamic agriculture. It was under his leadership that the 200-acre vineyard received Demeter Biodynamic certification in 2008. The transition to Biodynamic farming marked, not only a shift in the health of the vineyard, but an obvious evolution in the character and quality of Montinore Estate wines. Since achieving Biodynamic certification in 2008, Montinore Estate and Rudy Marchesi have become pillars in the field of sustainability and regenerative agriculture. With the ever-growing demand for Biodynamic certified fruit, Montinore Estate purchased 180 acres of farmland in northeastern Yamhill-Carlton in early 2019 and began the arduous task of planting 120 vineyard acres. Once planting is complete the vineyard will boast 8 clones of Pinot Noir, as well as Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and a small amount of Gamay and Riesling vines. Laughlin Road Ranch had its inaugural pick during harvest 2023, bringing in certified organic and Biodynamic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that will be expertly ushered through the winemaking process by our incredible winery team. Montinore Estate

  • REGION: Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
  • WINE STYLE: Red Wine
  • WINEMAKER: Stephen Webber
  • CLASSIFICATION: Organic / Biodynamic Farming
  • CLOSURE: Screwcap
  • ABV%: 13.5%
  • SIZE: 750ml


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