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.

2010 Vintage Tasting notes

The 2010 growing season proved ideal with a warm summer preceded by the best winter rains for 5 years. Mourvedre soaked up the warmth showing its suitability towards the Barossa Valley by producing a wine of great depth and structure.

An amethyst-like complexion leads to a striking nose of earthiness teemed with a subtle suggestion of mushroom and red berries.

Further ripe fruit leads us to an engaging and robust mid palate with the assured use of oak offering support and length to the tannins, but also bestowing a touch of white pepper and a discrete toasty note which lingers on the finish.

Reviews and Awards

'Move-over-dear' 2010 Mourvèdre

I reviewed this wine about a year ago and tasted it again in late July at cellar door with Turkey Flat owner Christie Schulz. The conversation turned to the tongue-twisting varietal name. When visitors struggle with 'mourvèdre', Schulz turns discomfort to a smile with "move-over-dear". It seems English customers prefer 'mourvèdre', while in the Barossa it's more widely known as 'mataro' (though one producer opts for the Spanish 'monastrell'). Schulz says the vines produce very small, thick-skinned berries. These make a unique red, in this instance with blackberry-like fruit, with a dusting of spice and loads of fine, grippy tannins from those thick skins.

Chris Shanahan The Canberra Times - 21st August 2013

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Lip-smacking - 2010 Mourvedre

Mourvedre is a bit player across the wine world, but in the Barossa Valley it can shine as a straight varietal. This has spiced plum, dried currant, peppery spice and earthy aromas. It tastes ripe and moreish with lip-smacking balance of ripe fruit and savouriness, fine grained tannins and good acidity.

Ageing? Drink over five years.

Food ideas? Braised lamb with lentils.

Ralph Kyte-Powell - Age, Melbourne, July 2012

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James Halliday on the 2010 Mourvedre

Light but bright colour; mourvedre needs a very warm, dry climate if it is to fully ripen and, most importantly, for its tannins to become ripe; Turkey Flat's old vines achieve precisely this, allowing the red berry fruits free play. Rating 93/100

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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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