Flaxman Wines, Mataro 2010
For me, a good Mataro experience starts with a glimpse into the Abyss. A dark, swirling, complex, heady aroma; leading, tempting, inviting you in.
Cherry, chocolate, blood plum, beetroot and hints of iron and earth. It's full bodied, a fuller mouthfeel; a dark-fruited mass, the feeling of some supporting oak, the alcohol providing revealing glimpses of itself.
It's a real sensory assault, with fennel and citrus hints thrown in the mix too. Matters conclude with licorice and a peppery twist. There's lots going on, there often is with good Mataro. I first tried the Flaxman Mataro with the 2009
release, and whilst I think that wine has the edge on this, I do feel winemaker Col Sheppard has a good hand on the tiller with the variety.
Winery Website: www.flaxmanwines.com.au