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Monday, 6 June 2011

Murray Street Vineyards Mataro 2004

What I like about an example of Mataro more than a few years old, is that you know the winemaker has an appreciation of the grape and is somewhat ahead of the current trend for producing straight varietal wines.

This example, at 7 years old, is from 50 year old(ish) vines in the Dorrien sub-region (it doesn't appear on my map but appears to be around where the North Para river runs across the Seppeltsfield Road).  

The aroma displays the typical black cherry, damp coffee grounds and the earthen aromas of Mataro that I am loving.  It struck me somewhat like a dense chocolate loaf, you move beyond the sweet confectionery chocolate aromas to this altogether more heady, earthen note.

Entry shows the wine to be smooth, yet there's a fullness and textural element as the wine spreads across the palate.  It exhibits more black fruit and a slight tarriness.  Moving through the finish, there's a slight note of warmth - not harsh, more in the sense of a radiating warmth.

But it's the persistence and intensity of finish that make the wine stand out.  I suggest it is drinking well now.  On day 2, still pleasant, it was showing a somewhat creamier finish - my preference is for that long, driving and filling conclusion.  That will ultimately come down to preference, 

Source: Sample
Price: $40 (Available as a museum release)
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap


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