Planted in 1920, the heritage clone has been dry grown and trained uniquely high to survive the harsh and cold conditions the Clare Valley can experience. While celebrated as a blending component, this unique vineyard produces fruit with rich and complex flavours. The old vines produce fruit of such intensity that it is now reserved for this single block wine that shows the purity and finesse of the variety.
Located in one of the valleys of the historic Sevenhill sub-region of Clare, the Ashton Vineyard stands apart due to its unusually high trellis. This traditional method of surviving frost prone zones has resulted in highly resilient vines that produce consistent fruit even in stress years.
The 2021 vintage saw a return to milder conditions from those of the previous season. Regenerating winter rains aided the vines in producing a full and balanced canopy. These mild conditions were embraced by the aged and dry grown vineyard, and allowed the fruit to develop full in the cooler season. The grapes were harvested on the 17th of March.
The single batch of fruit was placed into a small open top fermenter where it was chilled and allowed to rests for 2 days. After this time, the must was allowed to warm and have ferment initiate naturally. Hand plunged daily, the grapes were basket pressed upon completion of the ferment. This wine was then barreled into seasoned French oak hogsheads (300Ltr).
Mataro (otherwise known as Mourvedre or Monastrell)
Colour: Deep crimson that carries all the way through the hue.
Aroma: Bright and intense aromas lift from the glass. Complex and rich, aromas of blackcurrant, green peppercorns and fresh crushed tomato leaf emanate from the wine.
Palate: A firmly structured wine with an exceptionally soft flow through the palate. The soft acidity, supple fruit tannin and seamless French oak are all harmoniously integrated. Dark brooding fruit are underpinned by layers of savoury notes, a hint of graphite and sweet spices.
ABV: 14% ABV
CELLARING: Now until 2031.