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Frederick Stevenson Montepulciano 2017

Frederick Stevenson Montepulciano2017

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Balanced, elegant & brambly. Plum & pomegranate on the palate with hints of dried herbs. Chalky, grainy tannins balance out the clean acid structure. Defined, plush & opulent finish. Winner!

Why we love it: 

This wine is KING

Drink with: 

Pasta bolognese

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Tech

Region
Sub-Region
Eden Valley
Blend Info.
Montepulciano
Alcohol by Vol.
14%
Bottle Vol.
750ml
Serving Temp.
12 - 17°
Closure
Cork

Producer

Frederick Stevenson

Frederick Stevenson is the wine label created in 2011 by Barossa-based winemaker Steve Crawford. He has quickly gained a name for himself as a ‘Young Gun of Wine’, with his focus on wines that move away from the ‘big Barossa shiraz’ of old. Steve had first planned on becoming a chef, yet decided that working outside and travelling would be his preference. After studying viticulture, he worked in vineyards across South Australia, before heading to Germany and working in the Rheinhessen region, which grows a diverse array of grapes such as riesling, Müller-Thurgau, dornfelder and silvaner. It was here that Steve learnt a more ‘intuitive’ way of winemaking, as opposed to the clinical way in which it is often taught. Whilst working in the Rhône Valley, Steve became captivated by cinsault, marsanne and rousanne, varieties he uses to varying degrees in three of his current wines. His first vintages were made in his garage, from montepulciano, and his practices are still a counterpoint to the “industrial scale” of Australian winemaking.

As Steve purchases his fruit from other growers, and he is not averse to swimming against the current, he is free to make pretty much whatever wine he likes. Therefore it’s not a surprise to see his Dry Red, a blend of predominantly cinsault, with decreasing amounts of shiraz, grenache and mourvèdre; or the Syrah & Friends, a blend of syrah/shiraz that was fermented with the skins of marsanne and rousanne grapes. The fruit is sourced from organic and biodynamic vineyards scattered over South Australia, such as the Barossa, Eden and Clare Valleys, and the Adelaide Hills. Each bottle is adorned with artwork created by young, emerging artists based in Adelaide, so while it’s difficult to identify Steve’s wines purely by the label, it also means that they’re as distinctive as the wines inside them.

Peruse the Frederick Stevenson website 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.