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.

2008 Vintage Tasting notes

The suitability of Mourvèdre to the Barossa’s climate was proven during the 2008 vintage. The varieties vigorous canopy and late ripening allowed the fruit to withstand the extreme heat wave the Barossa suffered in mid March. Low yields have resulted in a rich and generous wine with length of flavour and a fine, chalky finish.

Reviews and Awards

Reviews for the 2008 Mourvedre - delicious drinking

VOYEUR (Virgin Blue Flight Magazine), Ben Canaider - April 2011

Boutique winery observation no.576: boutique wineries have an enduring quality as if they've always been there and always will be. Turkey Flat's first vines were planted in 1847 and the Schulz family bought the vineyard in 1865. No wonder they tend to get things right. Their Mourvedre is a fine example of what this red Rhone blending variety can do in its own right. With depth and ample berry flavours, it's in no way cooked or stewed. It suggests that Mourvedre might be as well suited as Shiraz to the Barossa.

DAILY TELEGRAPH - July 2010

A stunning example of this now trendy variety, which, as mataro, was considered a 'workhorse' grape. This has blackberry-like aroma, deep colour, body and a rich, gamey taste. A big wine off old vineyards, aged 20 months in French oak. Enjoy with beef cheeks.

AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2011 James Halliday

Light but bright colour; a highly perfumed bouquet leads into a palate with more drive and intensity that I can recollect from any previous vintage; no confection here, just silky power. Rating: 96 Points.

THE WINE FRONT - Campbell Mattinson, February 2010

I tasted a varietal mourvedre from Teusner today (called The Dog Strangler) and here’s another. Hope it’s the start of a trend. Plush texture. Buoyant aromatics. Loaded with leathery, blueberried, tarry flavour and clipped with a healthy but helpful dose of cedary, spicy, malty oak. You have to go looking for the tannin, but slowly it builds a fine sense of shape. If that makes sense. What I’m saying is: all the components of this wine have welded beautifully together, and make for delicious drinking. Excellent. Rating: 93 Points

CANBERRA TIMES - June 2010

Turkey Flat vineyard dates from 1847 . The Schulz family bought it in 1870. But the Turkey Flat label appeared only in 1990 when Peter and Christie Schulz took over in recent years, they spared a portion of wine from their old mourvèdre vines for special bottling. It's a late ripening variety and Schulz reckons this, and a vigorous canopy, saved it from the warmth of Barossa's savage March 2008 heatwave. The resulting tiny, black berries made a distinctive, delightfully fruity, savoury wine. Rating: 4 Stars

WINE 100- Tyson Stelzer, June 2010

In the right hands, Mourvèdre can fly solo confidently in a vintage like 2008, as this wine exemplifies effortlessly. It's a rich, juicy style with all manner of dark berries swimming through its depths, and a touch of dried herbs complexity to add a little interest. 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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