Encounters with unblended Australian Mataro (also known as Mourvèdre) are rare. The origins of Mataro are almost certainly Spanish where it is often called Monastrell. It is the principal black grape of the five appellations that cluster on Spain's South-eastern Mediterranean Coast.

A very late variety in both bud break and ripening season, the Barossa Valley is one of the few areas in Australia that can successfully ripen Mataro. One of the original grapes grown in the Barossa Valley, Mataro thrives in the hot and dry conditions of a Barossa summer.

The wine produced from Mataro’s small, sweet, thick-skinned berries tend to be deeply coloured, rich in spice, high in alcohol and tannin, gamey when young and full of fruit.

Ripeness levels are critical to producing Mataro with this rich level of fruit & spice. Careful selection of French oak enhances the fruit characters and structure of this wine.

Enjoy with: Honest foods of the earth; slow-roast lamb, game with wild mushrooms & thyme or roasted 5-spice duck.

2017 Vintage Tasting notes

A fresh and exciting representation of Mataro. The opening bouquet hints of blueberries and jubes. A touch of savoury with sophistication sees a playful and seamless wine coat the palate with joy. Subtle oak integration over a brief eight months adds fine tannins to the finish.

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Reviews and Awards

2017 Turkey Flat Mataro

2017 Turkey Flat Vineyards Mataro - 94 Points

“Here’s proof that Mataro is capable of impeccable ripeness and beautiful allure without booming alcohol or looming oak. Just eight months in French oak puncheons tones its black and ref fruits eloquently. It’s fragrant, medium-bodied, spicy, finely structured and downright delicious.”

Tyson Stelzer, The Barossa Mag, September 2018

2017 Turkey Flat Mataro – 95 Points - Special Value

“Open-fermented with 20% whole bunches, matured for 6 months in French oak (50% new). Altogether elegant, likewise fresh and vibrantly juicy. The whole-bunch inclusion has worked very well, bringing a not of spice that will increase in the years ahead. Attention to detail is one of the many strengths to Turkey Flat.”

Drink: until to 2027

James Halliday, August 1st 2018

2017 Turkey Flat Mataro – 4.5 Stars

“This wine has been evolving in style for a dozen years, and now you sense just about everything in the mataro songbook comes into play here, with typical suggestions of a smoky, charry meatiness, dark crimson rose, fragrant garden herbs such as thyme and lavender, all coalescing and delivering a country-garden feel in its aromas before mouthfuls of dark fruits weave in and out of a savoury, stewy, umami flavours. A solid and accomplished wine.”

Tony Love, The Advertiser, April 11th 2018

2017 Turkey Flat Mataro – 93+ Points

“Most of the time when I order wine by the glass it turns out to be oxidised. Just an observation and clearly I just don’t choose the right places. Anyway last night I struggled through another semi-oxidised example with dinner, then opened a bottle of this back at the hotel. Suddenly things were on the up. This is a ripper. It’s single vineyard, dry grown, sees some whole bunches, and spends eight months in (French) oak.

Lots of spice. Excellent fruit. Tannin to-die-for. And good length. What more do you want? Ferrous qualities, dry spice, campfire and clove, but a healthy run of redcurrant, red cherry and plum too. Vibrant with fruit but earthen and spicy, rusty almost. Beautiful ‘shape’ to it as well. Not particularly heavy but by no means light. Tip top.”

Drink: 2019 - 2025+

Campbell Mattinson, The WINEFRONT, April 4th 2018

2017 Turkey Flat Mataro

"A bloody good Mataro gorgeous aromatics with teasing spice tones and a smidge of pepper. It has oodles of delightful, moreish flavours & a excellent tight grippy finish that makes if a fantastic food wine. PERFECT FOR THE NEXT BBQ!!"

Dan Traucki, March 17th 2018

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18/09/2018

Release history

Vintage Format
2017 750ml bottle $32.00
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2016 Sold out.
2015 Sold out.
2014 Sold out.
2010 Sold out.
2009 Sold out.
2008 Sold out.
2007 Sold out.
2006 Sold out.
2005 Sold out.
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