Climate change convinced us to broaden our wine range in 2016 so we planted 0.7ha (1.73 acres) of Mourvedrè, or Mataro as it’s commonly called in Australia.  We also have access to fruit from Schober’s, a famous vineyard near Auburn, in the southern Clare Valley.  A late ripening variety well suited to hot climates.  

Tasting notes:

2019 (first release)

The 2019 Bourke & Travers Mourvèdre comes from historic Schober’s vineyard near Auburn, in the southern slopes of the Clare Valley.  The block is farmed using lutte raisonnée (supervised control, or near-organic) methods.  We hand harvested 2.6 tonnes on 9 March and fermented it in three open top vats using varying whole bunch combinations, up to 40%.

It was held carefully on skins in cool conditions for six weeks and pressed on 17 April.

Harvest: 9 March (hand picked)
Average bunch weight: 145 grams
Baumé: 13.8o
pH: 3.54
T/a: 6.4
Bottled: July 2020
Alcohol: 13.1% v/v
Cellar: Until 2035
Goes with: braised meats, platters, grilled pork, beef (and veal) and chicken.