Showing posts with label Mataro. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mataro. Show all posts

Saturday, May 23, 2015

2014 Brash Higgins Grenache Mataro

Wine maker Brad Hickey has sourced biodynamically grown grapes from Yangarra Estate on the sandy soils of Blewitt Hills. The grapes were co-fermented with wild yeast, and then spent 6 months in a hogshead (approximately twice the size of a standard barrel), before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Red cherry and raspberry notes from the Grenache present themselves first and are soon followed by some savory, spicy aromas more characteristic of Mataro. Dusty tannins coat the palate evenly. A wine with great structure and length.

Price:     $40
Source: Wine Emporium
Varietal: Grenache (70%), Mataro (30%)
Tasted: May 2015
Rating:   95
Website: http://www.brashhiggins.com/

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2013 Torbreck 'Cuvee Jeveniles' GSM

While Torbreck are better known for there big, bold, age worthy wines, it was this young drinking and playful GSM that caught my eye on a recent visit to their cellar door.

A beautiful perfumed nose that's both somewhat restrained and fruit forward, offering notes of cherries and blackberries alongside hints of five-spice. Soft juicy tannins make this enjoyably soft on the palate and a very food friendly wine.

Price:     $22
Source:  Cellar Door
Varietal: Grenache, Shiraz, Mouvedre
Tasted:  January 2015
Rating:   93

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2013 Dodgy Bros Mataro

Mataro (a.k.a. Monastrell or Mouvedre) is a grape variety believed to originate from the Mediterranean coast of Spain. Here in Australia (much like the Southern Rhone region of France), it is often blended with Grenache and Shiraz to produce the wonderfully drinkable GSM blend. That was the initial intention with this wine, however winemaker Wes Pearson decided it was so good that it was bottled along with a small amount of Grenache..

There is a beautiful interplay of dark cherry and black fruit with some more savory elements on the nose. This wine has excellent length on the palette with supple tannins. A wine worthy of contemplation and appreciation on its own, however I may try the next bottle alongside some lamb cutlets.

I'm going to try to  age my remaining bottles for a few years, but that will be a serious test of my willpower, as this wine is already drinking fantastically.

Price:     $29
Source: Dodgy Bros Website
Varietal: Mataro (87%), Grenache (13%)
Tasted:  November 2014
Rating:   95
Website: http://www.dodgybrotherswines.com/

Sunday, October 26, 2014

2010 Soul Growers "The Defiant" Mataro

This is one great big serious wine. I decanted this wine over two hours and felt like it was just really hitting it's stride. On the suggestion of a friend I didn't bother trying to pair this wine with any food, and just drank it on it's own with a little help from my neighbors.

The first thing that hit me was the level of alcohol, a bit hot at first, but was balanced well by strong oak influence and intense flavors of the Mataro grapes. Great depth of flavor with abundant dark fruit and grippy but not overwhelming tannins.

Certainly not an everyday drinking wine, but worth getting for a special occasion. A great big wine best suited for the cooler months.

 Price:     $50
Source:  Grape Therapy
Varietal: Mataro
Tasted:  October 2014
Rating:   94
Website: www.soulgrowers.com