2017 Familiar Creature Mataro

McLaren Vale, SA

Debut Mataro release from McLaren Vale. Bright, youthful and downright delicious.


Categories: $25 - $35, McLaren Vale, Red, SA, Wines
Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.

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About The Wine

This bright and juicy version of Mataro comes from Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale.

The 2017 is just the first release from Alisdair Park and it's a cracker!</p><p>Built as a modern expression of the variety, Alisdair used some whole bunches in the ferment for heightened spice and an aromatic lift, bringing this into medium-bodied, easy-drinking territory, with plenty of interest.

He bottled only 200 dozen without fining or filtering for his first release and it's downright delicious.

Oh, and the label glows in the dark...


Critic Reviews

DDS review

Perky, slippery red wine here riddled with blue fruit and peppery spice. Some floral lifts, sheets of fine tannin cradle the cuddly blue fruit and the crush herb finish. It's insanely drinkable. Not the big, scary Mataros of old. This has youth and vitality in spades. It's ready to rip the top off and get stuck into. Exciting first release from Alisdair. - Different Drop Wine Team

The Wine Front

"Juicy, bright red of freshness, vitality. Has some concentration and thrust, an energy, you could say. There’s great volume of fruit and spice perfume, a juiciness to dark berry fruit to taste and a whip crack of brisk acidity. It’s quite simple in its way, but the sleek texture, vibrancy of fruit and nice light chew to finish step it up a few grades. Likeable stuff." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

A bit of background:

2.5 tonnes of Mataro was hand-picked and fermented in stainless steel by ambient yeast with about 25% whole bunches included. Total time on skins was just over two weeks after which it was pressed to old puncheons where it went through malolactic fermentation and then sat on its lees for about 5 months. The wine was then racked, put back to oak, racked again a month later and bottled with no fining or filtration. Sulfur is about 50 parts total and the alcohol is 13.5%. 

Blend : Mataro (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2024
Bottle Size : 750ml

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