The name Montana was first used by Yugoslavian immigrant Ivan Yukich for the wine he made in the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland, where he settled on a small block of land in Scenic Drive in 1934. Because of the elevation of the site, the vineyard was given the name “Montana”, which means mountain. The Yukiches were wholly absorbed in wine production, with Ivan’s sons, Mate and Frank, taking active roles in the business. Mate Yukich assumed the role of viticulturist, while Frank became winemaker and salesman. The first wines were sold in 1944, with more grapes planted with each successive year. By 1960, ten hectares were planted. In 1961 the sons set up their own company, Montana Wines Limited. Over the next twenty five years it grew to be the largest in New Zealand.
Medium to full crimson with purple hues and a persistent mousse. Rich Red Berry fruits with Shiraz spice. Delicate fruits of the forest with subtle hints of mulberry and cherry, rolling into a full complex flavoured palate with a touch of oak and soft balanced tannic finish. There is also a touch of ‘port’ sweetness to the palate that with age will soften.