95 Points - The Wine Front
“Medium deep crimson. Fragrant jasmine, dark cherry, mulberry aromas with vanilla new oak notes. A pure expression of mataro with generous dark cherry, dark plum, mulberry favours, plentiful fine supple graphite/ slinky textures and integrated savoury oak complexity. Finishes chalky firm with persistent dark fruits and beautiful mineral length. A benchmark vintage with the density and vigour to age well.” Andrew Caillard MW
Mike Bennie – The Wine Front, tasted: November 2020
“Rich, savoury red of medium weight, fine grip and general sense of vitality. Redolent of dark berries, char and pot pourri with faint game meat notes wafting around. The palate is brighter than expected from that sweet earthy hit of perfume, lifted on blood orange acidity and cinched with a web of fine and firming, feathery tannins. It’s deeply flavoured yet filigreed and fresh. A succulent, delicious and classy red of strong regional character. A delight.”
Caillard Mataro 2017
Variety and Provenance:
100% BAROSSA VALLEY MATARO
Dorrien and Schiller Vineyard, Light Pass 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 (11%) French oak barriques for 18 months to allow the fruit to develop richness, volume and complexity. A further two year’s bottle age to bring completeness.
Winemaking team: Phil Lehmann, and Andrew Caillard, MW
Drink now to around 2038
Ying and Yang King parrots, expressive of the harmonious balance of all the components of this wine.