Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Caillard Mataro

Mataro is not bottled often as a straight grape variety, mostly because of its quite earthy flavours and strong tannins. It is interesting to see that Andrew Caillard, of Langton's Fine Wine Auctions fame, chose it as his first wine.

There is nothing else on the front label than 2008 Caillard Mataro, well except for one of Andrew's paintings, quite pretty. The wine shows a bright red colour. It has vibrant blackberry fruit, quite fragrant and elegant. On the mid palate, the wine is a little thin, but the tannins are fine and deliver a lasting finish. This is a good wine with food, but has a little too much overt fruit on a stand-alone basis.

Good to see something different coming from the Barossa.

Score: 91/++

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