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Delinquente Wine, Bullet Dodger Montepulciano 2019

Delinquente The Bullet Dodger Montepulciano2019

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Dark purple in colour with medium body. On the nose there is light spice, blueberries and bright red cherry. Silky tannins make this wine youthful, vibrant and juicy.

Why we love it: 

Con-greg the Winemaker is somewhat of a genius!

Drink with: 

Lamb Stew

Tech

Country
Sub-Region
Riverland
Blend Info.
100% Montepulciano
Alcohol by Vol.
14%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Cellaring
Now
Serving Temp.
12 - 17°
Closure
Screw Cap

Producer

Delinquente Wines

Growing a vineyard and starting a winery takes an awful lot of investment, both in money and time. This has thus led to the evolution of the ‘virtual winemaker’, someone who buys grapes and rents winemaking facilities and equipment in order to make the wine. It’s become quite a common practice, particularly in Australia, allowing winemakers to get a great start in the industry without having to drown in debt before they even whiff a profit. Con-Greg Grigoriou grew up in the Riverland region of South Australia, the son of a winery manager who had worked in the industry for 35 years. While working for an advertising agency in Melbourne, Con-Greg tasted a Riverland wine that made him wonder why high-quality drops weren’t appearing so regularly in the region. And so, Delinquente was born in 2013. The cultivation of the grapes is mainly left to the growers, who have planted southern Italian varieties well suited to the Riverland’s climate, and Con-Greg makes the wine wherever he is able to find suitable winery facilities (hence the ‘virtual’ bit).

The name of the venture (meaning ‘delinquent’ or ‘unruly’ in Italian), informs of Con-Greg’s approach to wine, which is to not follow established rules or expectations. In other words, those expecting run-of-the-mill chardonnay or shiraz better look elsewhere. The grape varieties used include many you’ll rarely find outside Italy: bianco d’Alessano; vermentino; lagrein; nero d’Avola; negroamaro; montepulciano. The styles available are also diverse, such as ‘pétillant naturel’ (otherwise known as ‘pet nat’), which means ‘naturally sparkling’. Two versions are available - one from bianco d’Alessano and one from vermentino/lagrein - which are fermented in steel tanks and then put in bottle under crown seal and allowed to finish the ferment, which helps to create the bubbles. All the wines, including the reds, are made to be light and enjoyed when young. Final mention should be made of the idiosyncratic label designs, created by artist Jason Koen, which gel incredibly well with the names of the wines, such as ‘Screaming Betty’, ‘Roxanne the Razor’ and ‘The Bullet Dodger.’Discover more about Delinquente Wines here.

Region

South Australia

A behemoth of a state, South Australia is responsible for over 50% of Australia's wine production. With the first known planting here taking place in 1836, local vintners have had time to truly perfect their art. In fact, SA is also home to some of the oldest Shiraz vines on the planet, with around 38% of SA’s old vines being Shiraz.

Such a large area means that the terrain, climate and soil profiles vary immensely between regions, allowing for a vast array of varieties to thrive. Some of South Australia's premier wine regions include; Barossa Valley, Mclaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and the Adelaide hills. Such a collection of prime wine regions has earned South Australia the grand title of Australia’s Wine Capital. But it doesn’t stop there, the prowess of SA wine producers mixed with fantastic growing conditions has garnered the state the privilege of being dubbed one of the 9 Great Wine Capitals of the World.

Towards the end of the 19th century, Europe was ravaged by an outbreak of Phylloxera, an aphid that injects a venom into the root of the vine while sucking out sap. The effect of the outbreak vastly influenced the global market. For example, France’s wine output decreased by over 40%, with the whole ordeal costing the country over 10 billion francs. Luckily for all, the grand ‘down-under’ remained a wine wonder, as the blight couldn’t take flight and reach the far away lands.