Tickets are now available (here) for Swirl, Sniff, Spit's next event - focussing on the variety variously known as Mourvedre, Mataro and Monastrell.
Mourvédre, Mataro, potato, potato. What's in a name? Why in Australia do we see the same grape variety called variously Mataro, Monastrell or Mourvédre? Why do we rarely see it shine in the spotlight on its own? Rather, we see it reduced to the letter 'M' in one of the many GSM (or variations thereof) blends that Australia does so well.
It is some of these points, and hopefully more, that we plan going to explore. Mataro is not a new variety, nor:
"a case of the next big thing, rather it's an ancient beast of a vine that has survived in Australian soil for longer than just about any other grape variety"
Line-up (final line-up and vintage subject to confirmation):
1) Andrew Seppelt Wines Esparté @barossandrew 2) Domaine de la Tour du Bonne