A couple of months ago I went to the Barossa Valley with the intention to further explore Grenache and Mataro - two varieties which often fly under the radar. Admittedly I have a huge soft spot for both and there is part of me which now wishes I had the time to head further up the highway to the Clare Valley, as these varieties are shining at Kilikanoon.
Mataro, notorious for needing a wingman, but this time it stands on its own two feet in this first Attunga vineyard release.
Few samples arrive where I manage to raise empty bottle - this was one of them. Such a wonderful expression of the variety and damn satisfying to sip away on.
Meaty, leather, dark chocolate. Aged for 18 months in oak, the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Cherry tart, earthy, spice charm kicks in late. The fruit is big and mouth filling - nothing by halves here. It's almost as though a sheet of dark berry fruit is laid across the mouth. It feels painted on and I'm not complaining. A comfort wine - find your best glassware, it deserves it.
Drink now to eight years.
Region: Clare Valley