Red Wine with an Edge

2009 Mataro Limited Edition

This is the first edition of a straight Mataro from Red Edge. First some background: Mataro is the traditional Aussie name for the variety more commonly known as Mourvedre. So I use this same variety in 3 wines: as a minor component in the Degree, my Rhone blend if you like. Secondly as a greater part of my Spanish inspired blend, the Tempranillo Monastrell, Monastrell being the Spanish name. And now as a stand alone varietal wine. I selected 3 barrels of the unblended Mourvedre and bottled it, because I really liked the unique varietal characteristics. In France, Mourvedre is grown extensively in Bandol, where it makes a very serious, full bodied, long lived wine, and in the southern Rhone Valley, where it is a component of both Chateauneuf du Pape and Cote du Rhone generic wines.

Tasting Notes: 

Colour: 

Dark red, magenta edges

Bouquet: 

Plummy with earth and spice nuances

Palate: 

Medium weight front palate intensity, with earthy savoury finish

Cellaring: 

Medium term, 5 to 10 years

Technical Details: 

Grape Variety: 

100% Mourvedre

Alcohol: 

14.3%

pH: 

3.55

TA: 

6.8 g/L

Maturation: 

Two years in used French oak barriques