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.

Reviews and Awards

Reviews for the 2005 Mourvedre - Unusual finesse, delineation and line for this variety

AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2008 James Halliday

Unusual finesse, delineation and line for this variety; no more than medium-bodied, with the finest imaginable tannins. French oak somewhere in the mix but not easy to pinpoint. 94 points!

VOYEUR APRIL 2008

Although highly regarded by the locals the Barossa Mourvedre is largely ignored elsewhere. Wines such as this black beauty are laden with spicy, blackberry scented fruit and a distinctively intriguing earthy undertone.

THE 2007 ADELAIDE REVIEW HOT 100

'A brooding deep-hearted wine with earthy varietal character, dried dark berries and dried herbs, very direct but not overbearing. Typically demanding savoury tannins, tarry notes and toasted spices, all wound in at the finish.'

THE WINE FRONT – Campbell Mattinson, May 2007

The first release of a varietal Mourvèdre from Turkey Flat, the grapes till this vintage destined for the winery's Butchers Block blend. Great to see an increasing number of varietal mourvedres being released too – it's a wonderful variety. This rendition is sweet, silken-threaded, raisiny and supple and easy, a generous, malty, chocolaty flavour oozing through the finish. It is fresh with acidity too, and a touch leathery, which makes it almost feel like an aged wine even in its youth. It will age, but there is no need to. It is soft, cuddly, sweet and ready to rip now. Rating: 90 Points

THE ADELAIDE REVIEW – Nick Stock February 16th – March 1st, 2007

This first brand-new varietal Mourvèdre wine from the Schulz shed on Bethany Road is somewhat of a landmark for vignerons Peter and Christie. A nice progression from their Mourvèdre-based Butchers Block blend, this varietal Mourvèdre is a triumph. They've captured the variety in essence. Rugged yet attractive, there's plenty of fragrant lift and dark brambly fruits, a hint of tarmac, a dusting of pepper, then cola and sweet spices that bridge the oak nicely. Filled with ripe dark fruit flavour in the mouth, they've tamed the tannins into deceptively smooth shape and laced together a toasty delicious finish. Rating: 90 Points.

THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN MAGAZINE - June 16-17/2007 - Max Allen BLOOD OF THE EARTH

This brilliant new wine from Turkey Flat starts with typically varietal forest-floor and blackberry aromas, then goes all luscious modern Barossa red in the middle before finishing with mourvedre's trademark web of firm tannin.

THE AGE - EPICURE UNCORKED INDULGE YOURSELF - Ralph Kyte-Powell

The first straight Mourvedre from historic Turkey Flat in the Barossa. Normally blended with Grenache and Shiraz, the makers reckon the 05 can stand alone. It has a penetrating armoa reminiscent of blackcurrant pastilles touched by sweet spice and vanilla. It's juicy and middling in body, with lip-smacking acidity and moderate tannins.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE – Issue 167, October 2006

The pure, dense blue/purple coloured 2005 Mourvèdre offers up scents of flowers, blackberries, blueberries, tree bark, and earth, sweet tannin, and nicely integrated wood and acidity. It should drink well for a decade. Rating: 92 Points.

Posted on

09/11/2012

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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