RIGHTEOUS MATARO 2015
The first release of our top level Mataro was in 2006 and again in the excellent 2009 vintage….this same vineyard has blown us away and made it into the 2011 Teusner Righteous Mataro.
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“The first release of our top level Mataro was in 2006 and again in the excellent 2009 vintage….this same vineyard has blown us away and made it into the 2011 Teusner Righteous Mataro. It’s a “fruit salad” vineyard …..an old-school, Barossan mixed planting….predominately Grenache but if you look closely, amongst those floppy Grenache vines you’ll see about every fourth vine has slightly different coloured leaves and stands up straighter….these are the Mataro vines that the Roennfeldt family pick separately for us. Planted in the Marananga sub-region in the 1930’s on red-brown loams over clay, the 0.3ha Roennfeldt Dirks Block vineyard lies in a fairly flat section with a North/South orientation. The fruit is hand-picked and goes through fermentation in open-vats before being aged for two years in oak – 30% new oak (50% French/50% American) and 70% old oak which is a blend, again, of French and American. It then makes its way to bottle without fining or filtration and with minimal sulphur.”
KYM TEUSNER, WINEMAKER
2011 Vintage Reviews:
Who would have imagined that one of Kym Teusner’s most captivating mataros would emerge from the cool, wet 2011 season? This is a culmination of all the things I like most about this vintage. It’s impeccably fragrant on the bouquet and palate, laced with rose hip, rhubarb, tobacco, lively red berry fruits and rich, lingering high cocoa dark chocolate. Picked at just the right moment (no easy call in this vintage), pretty, bright vibrancy and classic, tangy 2011 acidity completely belie 15% alcohol. Everything is sewn together neatly with lacy, fine, silky tannins. Drink:2016-2026
96 points , Tyson Stelzer, August 2013
“Strong purple-crimson; achieved the near impossible for ’11, with no shortage of ripe fruit on the mid-palate, and no herbal/green/minty notes on the finish, the tannins ripe, the oak balanced and integrated.”
94 POINTS, JAMES HALLIDAY’S AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION, July 26, 2014
Deep garnet with a hint of purple in the color and scented of crushed red and black plums, wild blueberries and fertile earth accentuated by hints of underbrush and Szechuan pepper, the full-bodied 2011 Righteous Mataro unveils an excellent core of fruit complemented by earthy hints, a medium to firm level of chewy tannins and enlivening acid before it finishes long. Drink it now to 2022+.
92+ points, eRobertParker.com, #211, February 2014
Deep red/brick-red colour, with an acrid, developed, overripe and slightly ‘dead fruit’ aroma. The palate is dried-out and dead fruited, with savoury flavours, to the degree that it seems slightly oxidised. It lacks fruit and freshness. I would query random oxidation. Later: a peppery mataro aroma has emerged. But the wine is a bit stolid and stodgy and not very appealing. Intense, full-bodied, concentrated and tight as a drum. The longer it was open, the more this wine responded to breathing, and built appeal over several hours. It’s a baby, rather closed up, and needs to be cellared.
91 points, Huon Hooke, September 2013
In a bottle that could double as a dumb-bell and with a punt so deep it’d no doubt have the cool kids scurrying to sup something orange from it. Drawn from an old ‘fruit-salad’ vineyard planted in the 30’s towards the northern end of the Barossa. Sits on red brown loam over clay. Handled pretty minimally: hand picked, open-fermenters, sees 2 years in wood of which 30% is new (50/50 French/ American). Opens initially with a herbal, dried tea twang; give it some time reveal itself and Mataro’s true colours. Savoury initially: soy, mushroom, leather; sweeter elements backing up with plum/ plum liqueur. Over a couple of days it settles into a liquid earth with sweet accents groove. On the palate it’s pretty thick, oak and fruit intertwined. Shows a little herbal tinge, tannin is good, settling over a day or two to a lovely fine grained sort. Good-ish length, it seemed to grow in stature over the couple of days it was open. Settles into itself nicely with a savoury earthen and old leather body – indicative of its future. Ten years tops in the cellar.
91 points , Stuart Robinson, thevinsomniac.com, November 2013
Bottle is so big and heavy, you could easily use it as a skittle. Rolling thick with super high quality oak – the sort they use in top Burgundy – perfumed, spicy and exotic. There’s plum and leather, but largely it’s built on good oak and winery work rather than great fruit. Full bodied, sweet oak and blueberry/blackberry fruit, some dried herb character, rich oak and fruit tannin, mild astringency and a drying finish of plum skins and dried herb – somewhat like Italian bitters. Not sure it will age. Drink now for the show.”
90+ points, Gary Walsh,Wine Front 9th August 2013