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.

2007 Vintage Tasting notes

The wine produced from Mourvèdre’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.

Reviews and Awards

Reviews for the 2007 Mourvedre - charm and popular appeal

AUSTRALIAN GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE - May 2010

Clean, fresh aromas of herbs plus peppery Mourvèdre varietal signature. The palate is sweet and super-ripe, with succulent, almost jammy fruit. It has charm and popular appeal as well as quality. Rating: 4 Stars

COURIER MAIL - Ken Gargett, May 2010

Lovely spicy Barossa effort. Delicious black fruits, cherries and a hint of tobacco leaf. Rich style with a firm finish. Seamless. Rating: 90 Points

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE - Issue 186, December 2009

The dark ruby-coloured 2007 Mourvèdre was aged for 20 months in a mix of new and used French oak. It offers up alluring aromas of mineral, mushroom, underbrush, and blueberry. On the palate it has plenty of flavours but comes off as a bit compressed and lean in the finish. Even so, it is a fine example of this grape. Rating: 88 Points

AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2010 James Halliday

A dark and savoury bouquet, full of spice and sage; the palate is tannic and shows lots of sweet dark fruit, but the savoury component dominates alongside the tannins. Rating: 89 Points

LAW SOCIETY BULLETIN February 2013 - Phil Manser

Mourvedre - aka the unsung hero. Plenty of us have drunk Mourvedre before, typically hidden away in a blend dominated by Shiraz and Grenache. A handful of Barossa growers are now bottling it separately and with good reason. Good Barossa Mourvedre makes a big Shiraz look like a friendly, larrikin boofhead. Clad in black, mean, sinewy and dangerous, this wine needs a few hours in the decanter. Serious, spicy, savoury and complex. I suggest matching with a just-singed lump of brontosaurus. Drink now to 2016.

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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