98 Points – James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion
ONLY 1612 BOTTLES PRODUCED
BIODYNAMIC VINEYARD & MINIMAL INTERVENTION
The low yielding HILDER Mataro vines are believed to be 145-year-old ancestor vines and planted in sand over clay soils. Nature’s wildflowers, evening primrose and hyacinth, help control vigour in the vineyard as well as add beauty. The sculptural vines have survived two world wars. A vineyard worthy of producing a single varietal fruitful and earthy Mataro. This is our inaugural release of a straight Mataro. Hand-picked, wild ferment, basket pressed and only 8 months in high-quality oak, including 20% new French oak.
Inky purple, youthful indigo hues
Herbal notes, as well as spice, liquorice and leather are evident. The dark fruits (plums and ripe cherry) take a back seat but positively add to the interesting bouquet.
Characters from the nose follow through to the palate, which is balanced and structured. The flavours are dominated by savoury herbal and leathery characteristics with background ripe forest fruits. The chalky acidity and tannins are prominent and are very much a testament to the high-quality fruit. Divine length and lingering flavours.
A whopping 30 years up until 2048!