Village Belle Barossa Valley Mourvedre 2017
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
We make and purchase a lot of Barossa Valley Mataro. To build the flavours in Mataro we appreciate, requires a long, warm ripening cycle and for this the Barossa and Clare Valleys are the best. Mataro takes all of Summer and into Autumn to ripen and is one of the last varieties picked. This has an advantage as the other varieties having completed fermentation means that fermenters are available when the grapes are perfect.
Many varieties ripen at the same time which places a lot of pressure on the winery earlier in the season. Interest in Mataro has steadily grown since the 1980s and with many winemakers having handled 20 consecutive vintages the wine quality has soared.
The winemaker Benjamin Parker was so impressed with those from 2017 and 2018 to have a few barrels bottled as Village Belle. The concept behind this wine range is to feature high quality examples of lesser known varieties.