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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Tscharke Marananga Mataro 2010

'Barossa Grounds' is a series of new releases from Damien Tscharke aimed at showcasing the Barossa's terroir through a range of Single Vineyard wines.

In the case of this Mataro, it is estate fruit from their Stonewell Vineyard in Marananga, grown on its original root stock.

Hand picked, fermented in an open-top fermenter. Post fermentation its sealed to allow further maceration for a further 20 days.  Pressed, left to settle, racked off lees into new and seasoned french oak (puncheons) for secondary fermentation. 

The wine is racked a further 3 times prior to bottling and is unfined and unfiltered. The wine was in oak for 14 months.

Now, what does it taste like? Plum and cherry, blueberry with hints of blackcurrant set against damp, mulchy earthen savoury character.  Varietally true.  Good entry, no hint of its 15% alcohol, perceived lightness - though it is squarely full bodied -  juxtaposed against dark soy and beef jus character.

Dry, glorious grippy tannin - a glimpse of a peak of acid - bringing on the finish.  Fantastic.  93 - Very Good  

Source: Sample
Price: $32
Alcohol: 15%
Closure: Screwcap


  1. So how long does it stay on skins?

  2. Undergoes initial 9-10 day ferment from memory and then 20 days extended maceration. Smart for the $

  3. Might have to give it a go. I love what mataro brings to the table.