New wine to the John Duval range. 250 dozen made. Grown on century-old mataro bush vines in the Light Pass district of the Barossa Valley. It all went into 300 litre French oak, 25% new.
Interesting wine. Dry, meaty, dark and berried, but leathery. So much to like, so much to ponder. There’s a gaminess to this, a drying aspect, a floral dimension too. Young mataro often has me wondering: is it brett or is it just varietal character? It’s a distracting thought, regardless of the answer. Though it has to be said: the form here, the weight, the breadth of flavour – it’s not a hard wine to appreciate. Drink 2019-2027
92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.