July 5, 2021

Australia's Best Tempranillo: Matriarch & Rogue 'Mary'


oung Gun Of Wine has recognised our friends at Matriarch & Rogue as one of "Australia's Best Tempranillo".

The wines from Matriarch & Rogue are hand crafted in the Clare Valley, small batches and beautifully varietally expressive. Tempranillo is unquestionably Spain's most well-known grape variety, serving as the foundation for many of the country's most well-known red wines. It's also a grape that's exploded in popularity across the world, with more Tempranillo grapes planted than any other type since 2000. The 2018 Matriarch & Rogue ‘Mary’ Tempranillo is described as layered with a good amount of acidity and tannins, and "perhaps the most old world in style" of those tasted.

"Still a lot of primary fruit (red/black plum and cherry) and well-integrated oak spices (cedar and nutmeg), but what makes this wine quite interesting are the very pleasant bottle-age-derived aromas: dried rose petals, dried sage, red thyme and plenty of paprika-spiced charcuterie. Good acidity keeps the palate fresh. Good amount of tannins but mostly polished and resolved. The flavour profile mirrors the nose with plum and tar on the finish. Perhaps the most Old World in style."

Photography by James Morgan.

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