2015 No.1 mataro - Dub style

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Australian wine review - review by andrew graham

Dudley and Irina are pumping out value bangers at Inkwell lately, and this single vineyard Mataro is on point. Oh and Mataro, from McLaren Vale? Not Mourvedre? Is this a thing now?

Purple red coloured and swimming with purple fruit. Generous and pulpy and just a little warm. But what breadth and stature! This really fills your mouth with black jube fruit, plus anise, fudge, coffee chocolate and late, drying tannins. All of the Mataro/Mourvedre/Monastrell/etc delights on display and with supreme intensity.

What a bargain!

Best drinking: 2016-2022. 17.7/20, 92/100. 14%, $25. Would I buy it? I reckon if I was in a BBQ mode and looking for juicy-but-not-simple-at-all reds I’d grab this in a heartbeat. Cheap for what it is.

Published: 1 December 2016

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Made by Inkwell Vineyards, with no additions and from non-estate fruit. In both concept and executive it’s an excellent range of wines.

It’s both complex and delicious. It’s a gamey red, leathery, floral, nutty, on-edge but with plenty of juicy fruit to keep the deliciousness levels high. Spice notes fly this way and that; grainy tannin lends the wine both a chewy tension and a keen sense of dryness, the latter almost too much so. But there’s so much interest here. So much going on.

Rated : 89 Points
Tasted : Sep16
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 - 2020

Posted on 23 September 2016


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