93 Points – Halliday Australian Wine Companion
“A perfumed and heady wine with beautiful dark fruits, herb garden aromatics, fine supple textures, generosity of flavour, underlying savoury oak complexity and attractive mineral length.” Andrew Caillard, MW
Jane Faulkner – Halliday Wine Companion, tasted: August 2018
“A deep purple-red and enticing, so too the aromas of soy sauce, exotic spices especially cloves and star anise with kirsch and red jubes. Full-bodied, plush with velvety, supple tannins and pomegranate tartness. A richer, denser style than usual thanks to the inclusion of a substantial component from Seppeltsfield, as the usual sourcing site at Dorrien had been affected, in part, by smoke taint. This showed all the exuberance of youth and a freshness. Andrew Caillard says “no vineyard can withstand the effects of a bushfire. As a consequence, provenance of this wine is different but the spirit of collation and regional definition is the same.”
Caillard Mataro 2016
Variety and Provenance:
100% BAROSSA VALLEY MATARO
Georgiadis Estate, Dorrien and Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley
In a combination of open and closed stainless-steel vats. Partial whole bunch fermentation with regular pumping over and pigeage to optimise colour and flavour without over-extraction.
After around 10 days of post fermentation maceration, the wine was pressed off and racked into a combination of seasoned and new (10%) French oak barriques for 15 months to allow the fruit to develop richness, volume and complexity. A further year’s bottle age to bring completeness.
Winemaking team: Phil Lehmann, and Andrew Caillard, MW
Drinking well now or can be cellared until 2030+
An Australian Blue Banded Bee and Magnolia flower juxtaposed is reminiscent of the fragrance and the vigour of Mataro.