McLaren Vale Misfits Shiraz Mataro 2017
What is Shiraz Mataro?
The French and Americans call it Syrah, we call it Shiraz. A versatile variety and well suited to a range of climates, and can be found in most of the grape growing regions of Australia.
In hot climates (such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale of South Australia), Shiraz is more consistently full-bodied with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of liquorice, anise and earthy leather. In many regions, the acidity and tannin levels of Shiraz allows the wines produced from the grape to have favourable ageing potential.
Hot climates are also required to grow Mataro grapes as well as plenty of water. Mataro is often used to make blended red wine, fortified wine and rosé. There are also some very fine examples of single-varietal Mataro wines from South Australia and New South Wales. The history and origins of the grape are uncertain, but it is generally associated with Spain where the Mataro grape, known as Monastrell, is one of the most widely planted varietals.
In Australia, Mataro has been a workhorse grape used as an unnamed component in blended wine and port-style fortified wines. Some Australian winemakers have begun to label wines as Mourvèdre, to take advantage of the popularity of the grape under its French name. Australian winemakers have had success with the highly popular blend of Grenache Shiraz Mataro or ‘GSM’ together with blending with Shiraz following the Rhône-style blends
About The Producer
The producer of this fantastic McLaren Vale Shiraz Mataro 2017 has a long history of producing awesome wines in McLaren Vale. They have been rated 5 Stars by James Halliday in his wine companion. The main vineyard was established in 1998 by a traditional Italian family. The Italian heritage and experience led the way for the families’ involvement with Australia’s agricultural industry. Initially, all the fruit was contracted. In 2004 the first wines were produced under the wineries label.
The philosophy was and still is, creation of wines expressing the purity of variety and regional character. They grow to the strength of the region, producing much sought after Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.
About The Wine:
Moderate yields exceptional quality, concentrated black fruits, dark berry and spice. Vibrant palate, big fruit with tannins to match.
Comments from Wine Buyer Steve:
This wine is powerful, rich, with intense black and red fruits and a good structure with great balance. I hope you enjoy it with a big juicy steak!
My Score 93/100 Gold Medal.