John Duval Wines Annexus Mataro 2021
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First planted in Barossa in the 1850’s, the region is today a rich source of old vine Mataro, including the oldest known vineyards in the world. Our relationships with local grape growing families provide privileged access to many exceptional old Mataro vineyards from which we produce wine for our Plexus Red blend. Encouraged by the response to our initial bottlings of small parcels of Grenache under the Annexus label, we extended the idea of presenting the best of the varietal components of Plexus to Mataro with the first release from the highly praised 2016 vintage.
Grape Variety: Mataro
Region: Light Pass, Barossa Valley
Dave Brookes, Wine Companion, 03 April 2023
Mataro sourced from 100-year-old, dry-grown bush vines in Light Pass. Dark plum, mulberry and macerated berry fruit are cut with notes of exotic spice, hanging meats, licorice, earth and light purple floral tones. There is a lovely fruit density and texture here, pure yet savoury edged with tight, sandy tannin support and a spicy red and dark-fruited finish. Proof that mataro is capable of greatness.
Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal Barossa Guide by Andrew Caillard and Angus Hughson, May 2023
Medium deep crimson. Fresh black cherry, dark plum, ferruginous/graphite aromas with lifted notes. Well balanced and inky deep with ample black cherry, dark plum fruits, fine slinky dry textures, some roasted walnut, panforte notes and long fresh acidity.