Yelland & Papps Barossa Valley

Wines - 2016 Second Take Mataro

Second Take

The Wine

Another variety that the Barossa has stamped on its resume is Mataro. It goes by many names, Monastrell in Spain and Mourvedre in France, it does have around 62 synonyms in various regions around the world. Of course, we prefer the Barossa-style - Mataro. As with Grenache and Shiraz, we are also lucky to have the resource of some of the oldest Mataro vines in the world, so we do indeed live in the ’lucky country'!

Mataro often suffered the same fate as Grenache; it lacked detail and clarity and more often than not, achieved that undesirable, catchall, ‘dry red’ status…. No more! The 2016 release sees a whole bunch component of 73% and 17 days on skins before heading to barrel for nine months before bottling without fining or filtration.

Medium cherry-red in the glass with fruit aromas of dark plum, macerated summer berry fruits, blueberry and some mulberry high-tones providing aromatic lift. Hints of exotic spice, roasting meats, cherry pie, licorice, jasmine and gentle, nutty oak further in the distance. It sits at the lighter end of medium-bodied.

The whole bunch component allows plenty of light to shine of the ripe, pure fruit on the palate. Again lovely, juicy plum, blueberry and mulberry fruits lie at the wines core. There are hints of abundant exotic spice, hoi sin, red licorice, Peking duck, Barossa earth, purple flowers and light nutty French Oak notes. It peaks the drinkability meter; pure yet savoury with a spicy swing to its tail as it exits the palate and while it is lovely by itself, it would be the bomb with some BBQ’d meats or spicy stir fry action.

The Winemaking

All wild fermented - a portion fermented in barrel as 100% whole bunch and the balance 50% whole bunch.
Average 17 days on skins, basket pressed to predominantly French Oak (23%new) for 9 months prior to racking and bottling unfiltered.

Bottled on 10th January 2017
1500 bottles produced
pH – 3.57
TA – 6.50
Alc – 13.8%
Vegan Friendly

RRP - $40
Winemaker : Michael Papps