There are a handful of world renowned and iconic producers in Australia. Torbreck is absolutely one of them. Their wines are crafted in the vineyards, which is why they not only acknowledge these patches of earth and their custodians but celebrate them too. The control from grape to final bottled product means quality can be closely watched and finessed to get the best result for the wise people who drink their wines. Torbreck’s love of the vine and wine is what attracts me to their wines. That and the wines are delicious drinks.
This is where I declare my love of Mataro and my adoration of this wine. Dense, dark, smokey with some plums and dark fruits, bitter chocolate and a waft of the floral. The palate is rich and silky with some strong tannins giving it spine. This matched beautifully with hare done two ways at Chiara. I’d be drinking my bottles of this now because it is delicious.
Barossa Valley – One of the major wine regions or Australia. Known for making great Shiraz by any standard as well as Grenache, Mataro, Semillon and much more. There has been a lot of work finding the sub-regions that excel for each style and variety planted.
Mataro – Also known as Mourvedre in France and Monastrell in Spain. It is known for making a muscular, tannic, meaty, savoury wine. It is often the backbone of a blend but in places like Alicante, Jumilla and Yecla it is the major, if not only variety in the red wine. Aging can vary depending on winemaker influence.