Mourvèdre, also called mataro and monastrell, is a red wine grape known for producing wines of robust structure and intense fruit characters. So much so, it’s mostly used as a blending grape (you may recognise it as the ‘M’ in GSM alongside grenache and shiraz) and as a component in rosé.
Pronounced ‘moor-veh-druh’, this Mediterranean grape makes high tannin, high alcohol wines with excellent ageing potential.
Mourvèdre pairs perfectly with hard cheeses.
The bold flavours and spicy notes of mourvèdre-based wines are a great match for chargrilled and roasted meats, particularly low-and-slow barbecue. Mourvèdre wines call for rich flavours to stand up to the tannins and to complement its earthy profile.
THE BEST AUSTRALIAN MOURVÈDRE TASTING NOTES
Isolation Ridge Vineyard Mourvèdre 2021Frankland River
Old Garden Vineyard Mourvèdre 2020Barossa Valley
Farvie Mourvèdre 2021Frankland River
Special Release Mourvèdre 2020Langhorne Creek
Blewitt Springs Mourvèdre 2021McLaren Vale
The somm and the winemaker Mourvèdre 2022Central Ranges Zone
The MV Mourvèdre 2021McLaren Vale
Purple Hands Wines
Colours of the South Mourvèdre 2021Barossa Valley
Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, where the late-ripening grape gets the sunshine hours it needs to ripen.
Just as in Europe, most of our mourvèdre is used in combination with shiraz and grenache. Icon examples include Charles Melton’s Nine Popes and Penfolds Old Vine Shiraz Grenache Mourvèdre, while Yangarra Estate and Dandelion offer more modern interpretations.
A few brave souls have successfully made it as a single varietal. Kay Brothers’ single-vineyard Basket Pressed Mataro is savoury and dry with scents of grilled meats and dried tobacco; Cirillo’s Single Vineyard Marato will go the distance in the cellar, with gorgeous depth and structure.
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