Mataro grapes from Frankland River were hand-picked then de-stemmed and crushed to an open fermenter. Following fermentation and completion of malolactic fermentation, the wine was transferred to a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels (22% new). The oak and fruit were in perfect harmony after 8 months in barrel; thus the wine was bottled early to retain fruit freshness.
The 2021 Montague Estate Mataro does not share many of its cousins’ gruff ‘n’ rough markers, choosing to rather bring more of a ‘wild elegance’ to the glass. Opening with a rasp of bright blackberries, blackcurrants, and the soft scent of brambles, this wine steadfastly refuses to submit to any quiet brooding. The palate is energetic with lovely red plum skin spinning around a core of fresh forest fruits. Hints of sage and dried oregano dance in and out and beautifully complement the core. Fine, chalky tannins tie together a wine of good palate weight.
Food Pairing: Moroccan-spiced slow-cooked lamb with date and almond couscous.
Cellaring Potential: Now – 8 years
Variety: 100% Mataro
Total Acidity: 5.9 g/L