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2019 Colours of the South
Barossa Valley
Mourvèdre

$28.00

Classic savoury meaty notes, earth, and spice obvious. The inclusion of whole clusters has added another aromatic profile but almost more importantly added to the mouthfeel and tannin structure and has complimented the inherent structure that this variety generally delivers. We will not bottle a single varietal Mourvèdre every year but when we get the right conditions it deserves to stand alone to be enjoyed as a medium bodied complexed savory wine that will surprise.

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Description

Vineyard:
Stevens Vineyard, Vine Vale – Barossa Valley.

Winemaking:
The Mourvèdre was handpicked and crushed to an open fermenter, for the first time for us 20% whole clusters were used, the 2019 season gave us good phenolic ripeness and mature seeds allowing this luxury. Temperatures were allowed to reach 30C with hand plunging performed three times daily. After 10 days on skins the wine was basket pressed and transferred into older French hogsheads and puncheons to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. The wines were then left on lees to mature for 6 months before racking and returning to oak for another 9 months maturation. No fining used.

Tasting Notes:
Purple/red leads a complex array of aroma’s with Mourvèdre classic savoury meaty notes, earth, and spice obvious. The inclusion of whole clusters has added another aromatic profile but almost more importantly added to the mouthfeel and tannin structure and has complimented the inherent structure that this variety generally delivers. We will not bottle a single varietal Mourvèdre every year but when we get the right conditions it deserves to stand alone to be enjoyed as a medium bodied complexed savory wine that will surprise.

Analysis:
Alc/vol 14.1 %

Current Vintage Accolades

Tony Love – 96 points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 points
Mike Bennie – 93 points
Winestate Magazine – 4 Stars

Previous Vintage Accolades

No previous vintages.

Reviews

Love this wine, not surprising given this crew’s mastery of the grenache genre. Now we see what Vine Vale can do with this variety, again the district’s terroir driven aromatic expression to the fore. Floral/earthy/ tell-tale meaty, gamey, spicy, almost black pudding-ish, all of that weaving subtly together into a burst of front-palate flavour and if you cou;d ever imagine mourvedre being “elegant” then here you see it too, with a dusty, earthy, chalky, fine sandy tannin feel. If every you wondered what Mourvedre brings to a GSM blend, this wine will show you very clearly. Delicious, Excellent. 95 points. Nah bugger it – 96. Tony Love

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