Our first vintage of Empirica Mataro and a relatively small one only 1200 bottles produced.
The dry grown bush vines highlight the blueberries and an evident savoury presence of earthiness and spicy, so characteristic of the Mataro, subtly backed-up by the fine-grained tannins. Cellaring this wine will bring depth and greater complexity along with leather and forest floor characters.
Tasting notes (PDF download)
2019 has been a real roller coaster of a vintage with freak weather events, lower than expected crops and plagues of animals. Winter rains over the Great Southern were steady and provided the vines with good soil moisture which allowed the vine to power on into a dry and mild spring. Frost hit some low lying vineyards in the Frankland River wine growing area hard destroying crops and reducing yields. The weather during the grape ripening into early
vintage was more mild than average, with notably colder nights.
The Bush vine Mataro was harvested by hand at optimum ripeness then vinified in small open ferments having 100% whole bunch inclusion for a super aromatic lift.
The ferments were hand plunged twice daily and pressed off quickly after ferment. Maturation took place in seasoned (two & three-year-old) oak barrels for 18 months.
Residual Sugar: <1 g/L