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.

2014 Vintage Tasting notes

An excellent winter in 2013 helped to replenish the dry parched soils leaving the vineyard in good strength for the arrival of a hot summer. 2014 was marked by some early rains creating a lower yield but extending the ripening period for the Mataro.

The resultant wine is a fresh and exciting representation of Mataro. The opening bouquet is full of blueberries and jubes. Gently savory though classy. A playful and seamless wine that coats the palate in joy. Subtle oak integration over a brief eight months add fine tannins to the finish. A fine accompaniment to dishes of game or cured meats.

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Reviews and Awards

2014 Mataro - Top 5 reds ' robust drinking with drinkable flair'

Mataro is a unique regional star, with seriously old vines producing extraordinary fruit once grown for our celebrated fortified, and now a major player in GSM blends and increasingly seen as a solo artist. This is a superb example with fragrant cherry and plum compote senses, Asian spices, sweet beef broth notes all packed into a soft, fine tannin feel that delivers part rustic and robust drinking with drinkable flair.

94 points

Tony Love Top 100 Wines The Adelaide Advertiser July 2015

Posted on

20/07/2015

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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