Showing posts with label Mourvedre. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mourvedre. Show all posts

Sunday, March 24, 2013

2010 Henschke Johann's Garden Grenache Mourvedre Shiraz

Henschke - a classy, historic winery. I don’t try or buy as many of their wines as I would like.

The Johann’s Garden, Henschke’s Grenache, Mourvedre, Shiraz blend,  opens with a nose of fresh Black and red fruit, largely raspberry and black cherry.  Similar juicy, vibrant fruit continues on the palate, supported by some mixed spice and low key, ripe tannin. Finishes with a meaty, herbal, Mourvedre-charged edge. Surprisingly savoury on the finish and mellows-out with air yet the savouriness becomes more pronounced.
I like the fact this is blended with 66% Grenache, 26% Mourvedre and 8% Shiraz: I tend to prefer Australian GMS/GSM blends that have a backbone of Grenache, a capable 2IC of Mourvedre and a cameo support of a small amount of Shiraz. There are too many GMSs out there that have marginally more Grenache than the other two varieties (or a 33-33-33 ratio), and the end result suffers, or the wine becomes a vehicle to move on the lesser shiraz in a given vintage. Not a problem with the Johann’s Garden.

There are plenty of GMS/GSM blends available in Australia, and this is arguably priced a bit high given the competition. However, the quality is up there and it should please many.

ABV: 14.5%
RRP: $37-45+

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

2009 Domaine Tempier Bandol (Bandol, France)

A 2001 Domaine Tempier Cuvee Cabassou I had a while back was one of my more memorable wine experiences, and ever since I’ve been meaning to put some Domaine Tempier in the cellar. I snaffled a few of these 2009 Domaine Tempier when I saw it a decent price.

Domaine Tempier is of course Bandol’s iconic winery, producing a superb range of Mourvedre based wines. This wine is their “entry level” offering, though the quality here is so much more than that particular label implies.

To begin with it's relatively translucent and nebbiolo-like in colour, and indeed in some ways it reminds me of a Barolo more generally. On the nose it opens with a lot of mourvedre funk and animale, almost too much, but over a couple of days this subsides to reveal florals and red fruits. To drink there is interest and complexity with gaminess, tobacco, and a great texture provided by the acidity and lovely earthiness. At its core, however, there is beautifully pure and perfectly ripe fruit that runs its length, all of which is framed by persistent tannins. It finishes long and very savoury. Loved drinking this, and it will be better again with a few more years in bottle. Drink with some roast game.


RRP: $60
Drink: 2015-2025


Saturday, August 25, 2012

2011 Yelland and Papps Vin De Soif (Grenache Mataro Shiraz Carignan)

The new vintage release of the entry-level Yelland and Papps ‘Delight’ range see’s the bottles kitted out in a new, contemporary label that fits snugly with the spirit of the Delight wines.

The Vin De Soif, a new addition to the range, leaps out of the blocks with a surprisingly fragrant, spicy nose of cloves, dried green herbs and salted liquorice. On the palate, the wine is a bit more mellowed; relaxed but generous. Medium bodied with juicy blackberry, dark cherry and raspberry fruits flavours, herbaceous and meaty on the mid and back palate, finishing with soft, drying tannin.
The 14.5% abv does not stand out or throw-out the balance of the wine.
‘Vin de Soif’ can be broadly translated into English as ‘thirst quenching wine’, and as such, this wine is aptly named. You could easily serve it slightly chilled in summer or more conventionally alongside Mediterranean food in the cooler months. Moreish and approachable,  I found it a good value wine to enjoy here and now, saving the contemplation for conversations at the end of the night.

Rating: 89 pts
RRP: $19.95
ABV: 14.5%
Winery Website:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Yelland and Papps 2009 Divine Mataro (Sample)

RedtoBrown’s first exposure to the Yelland and Papps Divine range of premium wines was the 2008 Divine Shiraz - an ambitious wine and a very good result given the vintage. The 2009 Divine range has been expanded with a Grenache and Mataro joining the Shiraz.

The 2009 Divine Mataro is a dark, brooding, yet at the same time, smooth, opulent and seductive wine. It is made from hand-picked old bush vine fruit that was yielding fruit in the 1880s. On the nose, black tarry fruit does a slow dance with turned earth and complex spice. The palate has layers of blood plumb, blackberry, earth, tar and liquorice, with a chocolate / mocha seam that runs from beginning to end. The tannins are fine while still being robust,  the old French oak a subtle support player. adding structure. It finishes with a dark earthiness without excess alcohol heat or tannin.

If I were not tasting (as opposed to drinking) this wine, it would not have lasted the day – such is its lure. However, as we trend to do with the red wine samples, I came back to this wine over several days. On days two and three, the fruit became a bit more prominent, and on day five, the tannins had retreated further, yet the structure and poise remained. To sum it up, it did not fall over by the time the bottle was finished. The wine was drinking well after 5 days, fruity, savoury and structured, suggesting it will age superbly. So convinced with this, I put my money where my mouth is – a bottle of this is now in the cellar and will not be coming out for a long time.

Yelland and Papps have made a truly impressive wine here. It is great to see Australian wineries in multiple regions releasing increasing numbers of wines in this mould: hand-picked, carefully sourced and sensitively crafted, wines that have a personal touch and that speak of place. It is becoming clich├ęd to say this type of thing, though the quality of the Yelland and Papps Divine Mataro justifies it.

Rating – 96 pts
R.R.P - $100
ABV  14.8
Closure - Screwcap
Website -


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

2009 Teusner "The Dog Strangler" Mataro

A bit of a Mataro focus for me at the moment.

This is the kind of wine that provides a lot of immediate drinking pleasure, and yet is also interesting enough to be a wine to enjoy contemplating. Lovely, complex spice is its calling card.
It smells of ripe berries, chocolate, violets, and five spice along with just a touch of meatiness. On the palate it’s mouth filling in its ripe fruit, with intensity provided by exotic spice. This is underpinned by a clean acidity and lovely earthiness. It finishes nice and savoury. A tiny bit of heat on the finish, but it didn’t prevent me from loving drinking this wine. Another notch on the belt for Barossa Mataro . . .


RRP: $25
ABV: 14.5%


Sunday, October 10, 2010

2007 Toscar Monastrell (Alicante, Spain)

Mataro (Mourvedre if we are in France or Monastrell if we are in Spain) is a variety I want to drink more of. As a single variety they’re relatively rare in Australia but I’ve really enjoyed those which I have tried, particularly from Hewitson and Teusner, both in the Barossa Valley. Earth, game, and spice are often matched with a core of lovely ripe fruit in these wines, and as such really tickle my fancy.

The 2007 Toscar Monastrell broadly fits this mould, though is obviously different given that it’s from an entirely different country. It’s appealingly rustic and a good quaffer in the best sense of the term.

The nose isn’t especially expressive but has some nice aromas of plum, oak and some dried herbs. On the palate there is a bit more going on with that core of plum fruit enmeshed with flavours of spice, game, and herbs. There’s also a lovely smokiness throughout.

A great food wine and appealingly different from what I normally drink.


RRP: $15
ABV: 13.5%


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

2007 Grant Burge Daly Road Shiraz Mourvedre

This is a good wine and yet I struggled with it. At $18 I’d say it’s decent value but I’d likely go for other wines at the same price.

On the nose there are some nice aromas of berry, cherry and a hint of vanilla, but this is also mixed with some herbal notes. While herbal aromas can work really well in some wines I don’t think it does so in this case. On the palate it is smooth with decent line and length. It tastes of red and black fruits, along with some nice mint chocolate and liquorice. However, it also finishes with some bitter, herbal notes. Once again I often like wines that have a slightly bitter finish, but for some reason this just doesn’t work for me.

It’s a decent wine for the price, especially in terms of the slightly more objective elements of a wine like length and balance, but the flavours of the wine just don’t work for me. Other people may well enjoy it a lot more.


RRP: $18
ABV: 14.5%

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