Mataro grenache shiraz. Teetering on the edge of being too ripe and yet the rich flavours and voluminous palate somehow suck you right in. Blackberry pastilles, all manner of baking spices with pliant and plump tannins yet there is a freshness throughout. 95 Points – Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion
Mataro gives this delicious GSM its roasted cumin, cinnamon, peppercorn and savoury profile. Complimented by dark cherry and kirsch nuances from the Grenache. Some raspberry sweetness from the Tanunda Shiraz completes the picture. A true reflection of the heralded 2018 vintage, where volume and weight is there on show, but it lets all the complexities of these aromatic varieties take centre stage. The usual firm tannin line suggests potential for time in the cellar.
Mataro from dry grown vines on the rose quartz soils of Dadd’s Block is fermented (30% whole cluster) and blended with other parcels of Mataro from Light Pass and Greenock. Add to that Old bush vine Grenache from the Barossa foothills which adds spiciness and intensity, and some Greenock and Tanunda Shiraz. Daily pump overs early in the ferment. Aged in tank and barrel, each parcel is selected to add as much interest as possible.