2018 Grenache Syrah Mataro
This classic southern Rhone blend bursts with aromas of mulberry and cherry confection over notes of fragrant violets and myrtle pepper. The inclusion of a high percentage of whole clusters in this stellar vintage provides extra lift to the nose with sweetened chai spice aromas, perfectly balanced by a touch of dry herbs and savoury jamon. The palate is initially juicy and sweet, combining crunchy red plums and red liquorice from the Grenache, with Syrah and Mataro adding structure, spice and savouriness. The finish is persistent with layers of cocoa, coffee liqueur and a frame of firm but fine tannins.
"Love the style of this wine. Most (black) peppery, most clovey, lots of nuts and roasted goodness, but also fresh, well-ripened, silken berried fruit and a fine-grained spread of tannin to boot. Perfectly balanced, littered with woodsy spice notes, the epitome of finesse all round"
Score 94/100 - Campbell Mattinson,The Wine Front 2019
"Has a beautiful aromatic perfume of the granache. Pomegranite with spicy rasberry and light plum. Gorgeous. Whole bunch on grenache which is 85 per cent of the blend.The grainy tannins have a slightly powdery character. Love the structure and the fruit qualities. A real breakthrough wine. Has a touch of roussanne in there too to lift the spice."
Score 96/100 Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2020
"There’s a really fragrant kick here with notes of fresh, strawberry and raspberry purée and attractive, spicy lift. Medium body and a smooth, juicy palate that flows in soft, easygoing mode."
Score 91/100 - Nick Stock/James Suckling Margaret River Review 2020