2005 Vincenzo Old Vines Mataro (Mourvedre Fr.) Shiraz

This is the second release under the Silver Wings label from fruit sourced from the late Vincenzo Conte’s old block in the Shepparton area of Central Victoria. The vineyard consists of plantings from the early nineteen sixties approx. 60% Mourvedre and the balance Shiraz and the gnarled, fully mature vines show a natural suitability to the rugged soils and warm climate. This deep and earthy wine shows the benefits of blending both varieties as done in Southern France and the Rhone Valley , offering spicy rich fruit overlaying deep tannic complexities, which will develop and improve for many years to come.

Harvest: Yield: 20hl/hectare (1.4t/acre).

Shiraz: Crushed 11th March 2005, pressed off skins on 23rd March 2004 and racked to a mix of 2 y.o. American and new French oak barriques.

Mourvedre: Crushed 15th April 2005, pressed off skins 26th March 2004 and racked to mainly new French and Hungarian oak barriques until blending with the Shiraz, minimal filtration and bottling on 9th October 2007.

Analysis: Alc.14 % vol., pH 3.34, T/a 7.5 g/lt.

Colour: Deep blackish purple.

Bouquet: Dark berry and plums with hints of fine tannins are under-pinned with elegant oak characters and earthy complexities.

Palate: Concentrated berry fruits with hints of aniseed are mixed with an earthiness that compliments the brooding fruit. This tightly structured wine gives a concentration of mouth filling, spicy fruit characters which are balanced by fine drying tannins leaving an excellent length of finish. This is destined to improve for twenty years and more if cellared correctly.

Varietal Information: Mourvedre
Native to Spain where it is known as Monastrell, it was planted in Provence and the Rhone area of France in the middle ages. During the 19th C Phyloxera devastated the major plantings and suitable rootstocks for the variety were only developed after WW2. Since that time the variety has regained some of it’s prior prominence and is a major component of many Rhone, Provence and Spanish red wines.

After ageing this wine may throw a ‘crust’ and should be carefully decanted before serving.

Why Vincenzo O.V.?
Because it is. I have attached the wording from the back label below which is self explanatory and I passionately believe that vineyards are the source of great wines, winemakers simply find the expressions of that site, “Terroir” as the French know it. The added advantage is the combination of varieties, Mourvedre 60%, Shiraz 40% which allows me to build & balance the complexity of the blend to maximise its mouth-feel & power. As part of the on-going legacy of this old vineyard we are due to progressively field graft a section previously dedicated to Muscat table grapes to the variety Aglianico (one of Europe ’s most ancient varieties). In time, this will add even greater depth, length and complexity to my wine. I have been delighted to take up the challenge in restructuring this old vineyard to ensure its true expression comes finally to the bottle, I hope you agree with me when you taste the results.

“Vincenzo Conte immigrated to Australia in 1952, later planting a vineyard near Shepparton Victoria . Subsequently he was killed in a road accident delivering his fruit to the markets. My privilege is to work with his old vines to produce outstanding quality wine in his memory. The powerful mouth-filling richness & texture of this wine are complemented by the deep, fine tannins, which only old vines can produce.”

Silver Medals
2007 Royal Melbourne Class 49 Open section

Bronze Medals
2007 Boutique Wines of Australia
2007 Brisbane Wine Show Class 6
2007 Cowra Wine Show Class 37
2006 Cowra Wine Show Class 22
2006 Brisbane Wine Show Class 11