Tscharke The Master Barossa Montepulciano 2013
This wine is dedicated to Damien Tscharke’s father, who persuaded him to plant Montepulciano. Lots of potential here methinks. Monte has a nice Aussie ring to it. Oh and a closer look reveals a giant hand on the label. Cool.
There’s so much to grab hold of here. Mid red with purple edges, the nose feels old school; leather hiding below the surface. Ditto the palate which is only sweetened by the faint pull of a little milk chocolate oak, otherwise it’s serious, meaty, yet also with a juicy edge too. I love the savoury but berried, drying expression here – much more grown-up than expected.
The only thing missing is some carry and punch through the finish. More vine age is going to make this a hero. Big recommendation from me. Drink: 2015-2025. 17.5/20, 91/00
Details: 14%, Screwcap, $25, Sample
Would I buy it? I’d certainly be tempted by a few glasses.
Buy online: Tschake website