2018 Ministry of Clouds McLaren Vale Mataro
Q: Mataro, Mourvedre, or Monastrell? A: It doesn’t matter, just think beast!
Ever the blender, Mataro rarely gets to shine individually in Australia, but here is its chance… The worst vegetarian wine in the world, Mataro famous for its robust intricate tannins begs to be consumed alongside a slab or slice of your favourite beast! – fatty, barbequed, flame grilled meat… Unleash your inner carnivore!
Shy, brooding, this is a bright but deep expression of Mataro. A complex nose of dark plummy fruit, balanced with garrigues herbs, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, fennel seeds, the whole butcher’s shop… On the palate, a compact core of blue and black fruits subtly supported by creamy oak, and carried by a ferruginous driving tannin structure, which carries the fruit through the mouth.
Ideal serving temperature is 16 °C, please take the time to splash in a decanter for as long as you dare – and serve with your family BBQ – Italian pork and fennel sausages, or black cardamom spiced skirt steak flashed over open coals. Cool cellaring between to 5 years to 12 years will be rewarded.