2013 Attunga Mataro

Our strong interest and respect for French varietals continues at Kilikanoon, with the release of our first straight Mataro. Often called by its French name, Mourvedre (we prefer the local Australian moniker), Mataro has been used by Kilikanoon since 2002, its terrific length and flavour profile instrumental in many fine GSM blends. As a single varietal, Mataro tends to be quite tarry and spicy by design, its firm yet gentle tannins are a vital piece of its personality.
  • Winemaking

    The Clare Valley has proven to be an excellent place to grow Mataro, its higher elevation, warm dry climate and cool evenings during harvest are perfect conditions for creating classy, flavoursome and age worthy wines. The 2013 vintage was a great year to start the ball rolling. The fruit was picked in the cool of the early morning, fermented on skins traditionally, before basket pressing to mostly seasoned French oak hogsheads, where it matured for 18 months before being bottled unfiltered and unfined.


    Bright red in colour with youthful crimson tints.


    A dark and quite heady nose of savoury meats, road tar, pepper and faint cherries combine seamlessly together, nicely underpinned by subtle French oak notes.


    A wine that quickly builds in the mouth, the initial cherry and red fruit flavours further deepening to include spicy salami, tar, black olive and hints of seasoned oak chariness. Characterised by its unique personality and persistence, it presents as a wine of serious ageing potential.

  • Clare Valley Wine Show

    • Gold Medal
    • 2016

    Australian Wine Companion, 2017

    • 96 Points
    • 2016
    • James Halliday
    • The first release of straight Mataro from the Attunga vineyard, and an auspicious debut. The bouquet is complex savoury notes of black olive, tar and cured meat with red fruit, mint, and charry oak. The fruit wins through on the palate, with the flavours of dark cherry prominent, the savoury elements chiming in, the depth, length, and persistent finish of fine tannin outstanding.

    Vinous USA

    • 93 Points
    • 2017
    • Josh Raynolds
    • Glass-staining ruby. Intensely perfumed black and blue fruit, floral pastille, mocha and smoked meat aromas are sharpened by a peppery nuance. Juicy, smooth and deeply concentrated on the palate, offering sappy, sweet blueberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that slowly open up and acquire a spicy nuance with air. Finishes smoky, chewy and very long, displaying lingering spiciness and firming tannins. I suspect that this wine is destined for a long, positive evolution.

    The Wine Front

    • 94 Points
    • Campbell Mattinson
    • It's a complete package. It's strident with coffeed/chocolatey oak, comes splashed with leather and blackberry flavour, and turns all earthen, spicy and generally savoury (and toasty) through the finish. Firm, fine-grained, perfectly-integrated tannin is a highlight.

    Jeremy Oliver

    • 94 Points
    • Classic savoury older style wine, with a wild, heady and alluring perfume and a smooth, gentle, but deliciously vibrant palate. Briary flavour of blackberries and plums underpinned by firmish, loose-knit tannins are underpinned by creamy, meaty aspects before finishing with length and drive.

    The Real Review

    • 92 Points
    • Toni Paterson
    • Aromatic strawberry jam aromas, with exotic spices and a hint of vanilla bean. The palate is bright, lively and refreshing with medium-body. The energy of this wine is a highlight. Soft tannins. Well-balanced.
    • ALC/VOL: 14.5%
    • Size: 750ML
    • Closure: Screwcap
    • Varietal: Mataro/Mourvedre
    • Cellaring: Potential of at least 10 - 12 years with careful cellaring

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