Heritage Varieties Offer Complexity And Warmth
Goat Square Barossa Valley Mataro 2018
Region: Barossa Valley, SA
We began using Mataro in the Goat Square wines with a blend of Mataro, Grenache and Shiraz in 2006 and again in 2008. The first 100% varietal Mataro was the 2010 and this was repeated in 2012 and 2014. A serious Barossa Valley producer must have Mataro in the range as it is one of the three original heritage varieties.
The table wine awakening dating to the 1950-1970s saw a few early Barossa reds labelled as Grenache Mataro Shiraz, though Mataro made up perhaps 10% of many Shiraz blends since the 1940s. As consumers have matured and experimented not only did new regions begin to flourish but old and new varieties steadily found a market.
And so it was that old bush vine Mataro vines in the Barossa were saved and while sales are still limited Glug now offers more and more 100% Mataro varietal wines. We are big fans of the variety and suggest you experiment with the taste difference.