Chateau Montfin / Corbières

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A Corbières Estate Of Depth And Distinction

An engineer and an accountant, father and son Raymond and Jérôme Esteve purchased the Montfin property from its bankrupt owners in 2001, having fallen immediately in love with the estate’s stunning setting on the lagoon of Peyriac-de-Mer. Construction of a state of the art winery quickly followed, and today the estate is managed full time by Jérôme, largely self taught in the arts of winemaking and grape growing.

Certified organic since 2009, the remainder of the estate is covered in bushes of garrigue and increasing plantings of olive and oak trees, with Jérôme aiming to increase his site’s biodiversity, and some hope of the latter yielding truffles one day. The vineyard is almost entirely old vine, with plantings dating up to 80 years and producing intense, concentrated fruit. Appellation laws dictate a maximum of 50% plantings of Carignan, Corbières’ signature variety (this limit controversial among many growers!)

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  • Domaine De Montfin Rosé 2018

    $ 29.00 incl. GST

    70% Grenache and 30% Cinsault

    Searching for further rosé styles of flesh and texture, this is a variation on the Provence theme.  A red fruited palate swimming in Jonathan apple skins, cranberries, citrus and Campari notes with some mouth filling phenolic richness, steered into drying balance by a long gravelly, gritty finish.  2017’s release sees a slightly finer expression, ultra appealing and refreshing.  Pairs beautifully with spicy cuisine such as Thai, rich enough even to do battle with Indian curries. This release sealed under screw cap.

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  • Chateau Montfin L’Etang Danse Rosé 2020

    $ 32.00 incl. GST

    Grenache and Cinsault.

    New release, new look.  Montfin was one of the first non-Provence rosés brought into our list for its point of difference being more red fruited and textural, its phenolic weight lending itself particularly well to spicy dining.

    2020 sees a lower alcohol (13%) than its predecessors, giving the wine a lot more precision and drive.  A pleasing attack of red and black forest berries, it’s got some lower tones from citrus spiked quinine, with a cleansing quality from its stony minerality.  A style for those seeking more palate weight, still a great spicy South-East Asian cooking match, but also suited to American barbecue slow smoking, and other assertively flavoured or heftier dining.

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  • Château Montfin Blanc 2017

    $ 33.00 incl. GST

    60% Grenache Blanc, 20% Vermentino and 20% Roussanne

    A textural white with gentle acid, characterised by complex fruits and mouthfeel.  Exotic aromatics of florals, apricot, mango and citrus, with palate continuing these themes, the mouthfeel full and with impressions of natural fruit tannin.  Fruit is balanced by some dried herbal notes and tiny lick of iodine-like minerality providing further complexity.  Great drinking on its own or will complement a wide range of foods, from grilled vegetables or fish to shellfish and even spicy dishes.

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  • Winter 2021 Mixed Dozen

    $ 265.00 incl. GST

    Leaning towards reds here, we’re running the spectrum from juiciness courtesy of 22 Degree Halo, to mid week quaffers in Baron Léopold’s delicious Bordeaux red. We’ve some bright Italian flavours through Insieme Primitivo, Intrigo Negroamaro and Greenstone’s excellent 2017 Sangiovese release, plus a couple of lovely fireside contenders in Schwarz Meta Shiraz and Lenton Brae Lady Douglas Cabernet.

    The occasional moment calls for something other than red, so a Montfin rosé is perfect for when you’re eating spicy, and the Brackenwood Riesling and Lenton Brae Chardonnay both nicely textured and not out of place in these cooler months.

    Full price of this dozen is $330. We’re offering it at $265 with free delivery, a saving of 20%.

    Pack contains one bottle each:

    • Lenton Brae Lady Douglas Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    • Schwarz Grower Shiraz 2019
    • Greenstone Estate Sangiovese 2017
    • Baron Leopold Bordeaux Red 2018
    • Insieme Primitivo del Salento 2019
    • Intrigo Negroamaro 2019
    • Swinging Bridge MAW Pinot Noir 2018
    • 22 Degree Halo Red Blend 2020
    • Greenstone Gusto Shiraz 2019
    • Brackenwood Riesling 2018
    • Lenton Brae Southside Chardonnay 2020
    • Chateau Montfin Corbieres Rosé 2018

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