Blackberry and earth aromas are immediately complex and inviting. the smooth elegant palate shows the benefits of low alcohol and a moderate acidity. the open fermentation, long skin contact and lees aging in French oak all combine to add polish to the earthy food friendly palate.
Swan Valley Wines Extent Mataro Grenache Shiraz
This wine represent our attempt to showcase the terroir of our estate vineyard in Baskerville and is fast becoming a bit of a cult wine in the Perth scene. In a slight tweak to the Australian GSM blend, Mataro (Aussie for Mourvedré) takes the lead from Grenache and Shiraz as a nod to Bandol in france. All three varieties were separately fermented and unlike the Ivy Maureen below, french oak puncheons were used to preserve fruit character. After extensive bench trials, a final blend was settled upon and the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
This is an impressively concentrated wine of moderate alcohol content. The dark fruits of this wine are complexed by some earthy, mineral notes that remind me a little of the wines of Priorat, Spain. While smooth, the wine demonstrates its old vine provenance with a poweful mid palate and long finsh.
6 bottle minimum
James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2013:
“Bright and clear crimson; an 85/15% blend of Swan Valley and Mt Barker Shiraz, the latter responsible for the oriental spice aromas that accompany the blackberry fruit on the bouquet; the medium bodied palate is long and well balanced, with
some licorice nuances most likely to come from Mt Barker, although the Swan valley provides the esh needed for balance. Sensitive, skilled winemaking at work- 93 points”