Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The M Word: Mourvédre, Mataro, Monastrell

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):
Bracket 1
1) Andrew Seppelt Wines Esparté @barossandrew
2) Domaine de la Tour du Bonne
Match: Olive crostini with basil and lemon labne

Bracket 2
3) Woods Crampton Mataro Rosé 2015 @fourthwavewine
4) Bespoke Bros n/a
Match: Confit Duck with juniper

Bracket 3
5) Pikes SGM @PikesCV

6) Tim Smith MGS @TimSmithBarossa
Match: Yorkshire pudding topped with roasted rib-eye, jus and wild onions

Bracket 4

7) Tom Shobbrook Nouveau n/a

8) Ridgemill Estate Mourvédre @RidgemillEstate

Bracket 5 
9) Domaine Tempier Cuvee Classique n/a
10) Primitivo Quiles Raspaye Monastrell 2008
Match: Meatballs with tomato sauce and gremolata

Bracket 6 
11) Flaxman Wines Mataro @FlaxmanWines
12) Syrahmi Mourvédre @monsieurfoster
Match: Pork belly with cinnamon roasted apple and walnuts

Bonus Round
13) Ballycroft Wines Mataro VP

To join us for this exciting tasting, head on over to our ticketing platform Eventbrite:

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