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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Flaxman Wines 2009 Mataro

Project Mataro and this wine share a common link in their source of inspiration.  Col Sheppard and his wife Fiona purchased a small vineyard overlooking Flaxman's Valley.  Vintage experience with Murray Street led to Col making his own wines.  This Mataro of Col's was inspired by Andrew Seppelt's own efforts and Project Mataro was spurred on by Andrew's own love of Mataro (subscription required).

From vines approximately 30 years old off of the Bethany Road, in the Bethany sub-region.  Just 60 dozen made, all in old French oak, some 3-4 years old.  Dense colour with a vibrant purple rim.  Black fruit, furtive kirsch and secondarily some vanilla and latent coffee.

Smooth entry before a hit of sausage,spice and black pepper commence building up on the tongue.  tannin is present: fine grained, building in the mouth, the pitch reaching a crescendo to the roof of the mouth.  A fitting finale, with a final flourish of liquorice.  93 - Very Good

Source: GFWS
Price: $30
Alcohol: 14.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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