Arno Wine Co. 2018 Mataro
Mataro is something the Barossa does really well. It seems well suited to the soils and climate here, no great surprise really when you consider its ancestral home lies around the vineyards of the south of France and Spain where it is called Mourvedre and Monastrell.
One thing that we are very thankful for, is the generations of grape growers who had the foresight to plant the variety here in the Barossa, because today we have a wonderful resource of old-vine Mataro at our fingertips.
We source our grapes from a dedicated grower of these wonderful biodynamic and organic bush-vines. Hand-picked and fermented with wild yeast, the small ferments are gently plunged by hand before a sleeping for 12 months on old, seasoned French oak hogshead barrels.
Deep and bright in a hue, it is a wine that resonates with the fruit aromas and flavours of red plum, dark cherry, blackberry and some higher-toned cranberry characters. Hints of exotic spice, roasting meats and violets mesh with gentle French oak nuances to present a compelling wine.
It displays a savoury line across the palate, has a sense of buoyancy, no great big blobs of fruit, it is a wine that speaks more of clarity and detail and its origins more than anything else. There is a cascade of gentle, ripe, sandy tannin provide ample structure and, thanks to picking the fruit early, a lovely salivating acid line that bodes well for matching all manner of dishes. Try it with dishes of the meaty persuasion, even something like a Beef Rendeng curry would be the bomb, or of course, just by itself is just fine.