2009 Mataro Limited Edition
This is the first edition of a straight Mataro from Red Edge. First some background: Mataro is the traditional Aussie name for the variety more commonly known as Mourvedre. So I use this same variety in 3 wines: as a minor component in the Degree, my Rhone blend if you like. Secondly as a greater part of my Spanish inspired blend, the Tempranillo Monastrell, Monastrell being the Spanish name. And now as a stand alone varietal wine. I selected 3 barrels of the unblended Mourvedre and bottled it, because I really liked the unique varietal characteristics. In France, Mourvedre is grown extensively in Bandol, where it makes a very serious, full bodied, long lived wine, and in the southern Rhone Valley, where it is a component of both Chateauneuf du Pape and Cote du Rhone generic wines.
Dark red, magenta edges
Plummy with earth and spice nuances
Medium weight front palate intensity, with earthy savoury finish
Medium term, 5 to 10 years
Two years in used French oak barriques