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Delinquente, Bullet Dodger Montepulciano 2020
Montepulciano isn't a common variety, and the Riverland ain't exactly the sexiest place to grow grapes. But boy does this Monte pack a punch! In every way this gang of grapes gets together and lets loose; pummelling your eyes with its deep plum colour, peppering your nose with bitter-sweet mulberries and cramming your mouth with a creamy texture that belies its fruity finish.
Con-Greg Grigoriou grew up on a vineyard in the Riverland, South Australia, where his father managed wineries for over 35 years. A few years ago, while working for an advertising agency in Melbourne, he tasted his first truly interesting Riverland wine and something clicked - why weren't people producing high-quality wines in his home region? Con-Greg's idea for Delinquente Wine Co was to take advantage of the Riverland's small vineyards planted with Southern Italian varieties, which are suited to the region's dry Mediterranean climate. He buys in grapes from trusted growers who work organically, and is pretty much hands-off in the winery. All his wines are small-batch and single-vineyard, fermented in stainless steel with wild yeast. His aim is to make wine that is pure, drinkable and delicious - or as he would put it, 'smashable'. To complete his vision he recruited local Adelaide street artist Ankles to design the edgy, eye-catching labels. Amid a sea of Big Wine, Delinquente has managed to convey a unique aesthetic and clear point of view: fun, uncomplicated and terroir-driven wines that will challenge people's perception of the Riverland.
James Suckling 91pts (2018) - Lots of morello cherries here on this montepulciano, but also vanilla and tobacco. Full-bodied and round with some good acidity.