One of the beauties of winemaking on the smaller family owned level is that it’s not just about the obligation to shareholders and the balance sheet. Thankfully, the winemakers are still able to ‘play’ as well.
Hiding under the Mourvédre alias, Mataro has too often been relegated to the rank of a ‘blends only’ varietal. Driven by the new generation of Barossa winemakers, Mataro is once again taking its place as a single varietal of regional significance. Having utilized Mataro for over a decade as a great blending varietal, we have come to appreciate it in its own right. With vibrant colour, spicy nose, blackcurrant characters and subtle earthiness, this wine takes its rightful place as a single varietal of note.
Best known for its role as the base for the Chianti blends, Sangiovese is Italy’s most planted grape and the principal variety for fine red wine in Tuscany. It found its way to Australia with Italian emigrants in the 1940’s and 1950’s, but has only been used in any quantity in recent years. How fitting that this wine should now be made by Langmeil’s Lindner family who likewise share a maternal Italian lineage dating back to the 1930’s!
For the uninitiated, Malbec was once popular in France’s famous Bordeaux region but now more readily associated with Argentina. Not dissimilar to Merlot, it produces a wine of soft, lush, easy drinking fruitiness.
A limited release and available in cellar door and on-line only.
Italian in origin, Barbera is a versatile red variety capable of good yields and known for its deep colour, low tannins and high levels of acid. In this instance 18 months of barrel maturation in new and seasoned French oak has increased the complexity of the wine complementing its natural raspberry fruits with subtle vanillian undertones. An easy drinking food wine capable of further cellaring out to 5 or more years.
A limited release in cellar door - only four barrels were made so we don’t envisage it being available for long.
Tannat hails from the Madiran Appellation in the south of France, just north of the Spanish border. Known for its’ dark and tannic nature this savoury wine is best enjoyed with a nice rich meal but the best comes after a few years in the cellar.