95% mataro, 5% grenache hand-picked from the 80yo Marshall Vineyard, open-fermented with 25% whole bunches, matured in used oak, 250 dozen made. The Woods Crampton vinification bible focuses on old, single vineyards, open fermentation in 2-tonne fermenters, significant whole bunch inclusion and maturation in used oak. It works very well indeed, adding to the complexity and mouthfeel, and giving the fruit a plushness that is most attractive.
95 points, Wine Companion (December 2017)
Spicy perfume, blue fruits and almost into blackcurrant, fennel and dried herbs, honey and oranges. Probably popped a few too many items into the shopping basket there, but there’s a bit going on all right. Medium bodied, juicy and spicy, nuts and oranges, purple fruit, saline flavour, some grip and grain to the tannin, though by and large a gentle touch, and a tangy dried herb laced finish of good length. Full Mataro show on offer here.
93 points, The Wine Front (November 2017)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.