Delinquente - Montepulciano Bullet Dodger (2021)

Delinquente - Montepulciano Bullet Dodger (2021)

The Montepulciano was harvested from two different patches on the Bassham Family Organic vineyard, on separate days about a week apart. Each pick was fermented separately and blended together just prior to bottling.

The idea with this wine is to make an uncomplicated red wine that provides flavour and energy. The thick skins provides a lovely, dark purple colour.

Delinquente uses certified organic southern Italian grape varieties from the Riverland, fermented with wild yeast and minimal invention in the winery. Con Greg Grigoriou was born and raised in the Riverland, surrounded by vineyards and the mighty Murray River. Delinquente is Con Greg’s (& team) attempt at making the best wine possible in the area where he grew up—an region that can be very hot and very dry, and often associated with only bulk wine production, the Riverland.

Because of the climate in the region, Con Greg has chosen to work with Southern Italian grape varieties— varieties which are suited to the climate, need less water and are naturally drought resistant, are late ripening, and retain natural acidity. In this way, the vines are more environmentally sustainable, and allow Delinquente to make wines with lower alcohol levels but an adundance of freshness and flavor. The fruit is sourced from two small family growers who own Certified Organic vineyards.

Delinquente is “delinquent” in Italian, which speaks to the team’s desire to always buck the trend, break rules and do things their way. To that end, all of the incredible artwork for Delinquente, from the labels, to cartoons, tees and even gifs, are created by their good friend Jason Koen, AKA “Ankles”. Delinquente is his passion project, evident in the intensity of his hand drawn labels which pop from across the room, and the deeply important and personal themes to which they speak.

The palate opens with a lovely, puckering fruit character, like a basket of freshly picked, maybe slightly underripe, but delicious mixed berries. The finish brings that tannin and those grippy, savoury elements back into play, while the acid keeps the freshness and length going.

Pasta, Pizza, BBQ, Salt and Vinegar Pringles – whatever, it’s a wine for all seasons.

About the Winemaker

Delinquente uses certified organic southern Italian grape varieties from the Riverland, fermented with wild yeast and minimal invention in the winery. Con Greg Grigoriou was born and raised in the Riverland, surrounded by vineyards and the mighty Murray River. Delinquente is Con Greg’s (& team) attempt at making the best wine possible in the area where he grew up—an region that can be very hot and very dry, and often associated with only bulk wine production, the Riverland.

Because of the climate in the region, Con Greg has chosen to work with Southern Italian grape varieties— varieties which are suited to the climate, need less water and are naturally drought resistant, are late ripening, and retain natural acidity. In this way, the vines are more environmentally sustainable, and allow Delinquente to make wines with lower alcohol levels but an adundance of freshness and flavor. The fruit is sourced from two small family growers who own Certified Organic vineyards.

Delinquente is “delinquent” in Italian, which speaks to the team’s desire to always buck the trend, break rules and do things their way. To that end, all of the incredible artwork for Delinquente, from the labels, to cartoons, tees and even gifs, are created by their good friend Jason Koen, AKA “Ankles”. Delinquente is his passion project, evident in the intensity of his hand drawn labels which pop from across the room, and the deeply important and personal themes to which they speak.

Tasting Notes

The palate opens with a lovely, puckering fruit character, like a basket of freshly picked, maybe slightly underripe, but delicious mixed berries. The finish brings that tannin and those grippy, savoury elements back into play, while the acid keeps the freshness and length going.

Pairings

Pasta, Pizza, BBQ, Salt and Vinegar Pringles – whatever, it’s a wine for all seasons.