- ABV 14.5
- Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass
Stuart McCloskey “A blend of 55% Mataro, 32% Shiraz and 13% Grenache. The bouquet opens to cracked pepper, blackberry, oodles of ripe, dark fruits (plum, mulberry etcetera), a smidgeon of liquorice, a dusting of paprika, cooling graphite, iodine, black olive, dried herbs, saline and sweet spice – fresh coffee with more aeration.. The palate is medium-bodied, the fruit is ripe and succulent (mineral infused) and wonderfully glossy. There’s a strong case to say this already displays perfect balance - The acidity and tannins are spot-on. Ground coffee, violet, a touch of tartness from redcurrant – The palate feel is both juicy and vigorous. Blood orange fans out on the uber, long finish. Very good indeed – grown-up, characterful, and wonderfully stylish / smart (in an understated way). Exceptional. In terms of drinkability – I entirely agree with Kym’s suggestions. It’s ready now (we decanted for 4-hours) and will age for a decade. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”
Utopos Mataro Shiraz Grenache 2021
Barossa Valley, Australia
We were already sourcing fruit from vineyards adjacent to this property for Teusner that were making some of our very best Shiraz wines (Albert and Righteous) so I knew the ability of the geology and microclimate of the area to produce outstanding reds.
I instantly fell in love with the site and the way that it was planted. I so desperately wanted to play with the fruit that was growing here. However, the owner of the property was signed into pretty tight contracts with Penfolds and wasn’t willing to jeopardise that to sell me a bit of out of contract. He did nothing to lessen my desire, however… Bragging to me that the cabernet sauvignon was some of the only Barossa fruit to make Bin 707 grade etc etc.
So I was forced to just dream about it every time I drove past to visit my other growers in the area. Until the day in late 2014 that the owners decided it was time to slow down and move into town and put the property up for Auction.
All of the big names from around the area were at the auction. Standing on one of the highest points of the area overlooking some of the most beautiful views in the Barossa. I was so desperate to have it – these properties rarely become available over multiple generations - so I just went in with all guns blazing and put in my best offer as first bid. It was the one and only bid and the property was ours!" - Kym Teusner
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