Mourvèdre, a neglected but venerable French variety, was planted at Red Edge back in 1999. After 10 years of blending it with Shiraz, wine maker Peter Dredge decided to produce a stand-alone wine from this alternate grape. Taking its Australian name and heritage, we chose to lable it as Mataro.
Experimenting with this variety in 2009 and 2010, Mataro produced wines with rose petal and raspberry aromas; soft juicy palates and light plummy characters with briary undertones.
Playing third and even fourth fiddle to the famous Heathcote Shiraz, Mataro was somewhat disregarded by the market. Perhaps it was too adventurous for its time in the late 2000's? As a result it was hidden away and forgotten about in the cellar. After a recent clean out we discovered 30 dozen remaining bottles of the 2010 Mataro. It seems fitting that after 10 years Mourvedre, and other classic French varieties, such as Cinsault, Grenache and Carmenere, have made a resurgence in the market.
Thank goodness for spring-cleaning as now we can share this rare, and aged, fine wine with you.