Mourvèdre Barossa South Australia
Torbreck are strongly influenced by the long enduring, classic French styles of wine. The wild, rugged and earthen aromas associated with France's Bandol provide the basis for The Pict, a powerful single vineyard, pure Mataro wine. Sourced exclusively from a plot of ancient vines near the hamlet of Greenock, the palate is elegantly rich, earthy and beautifully balanced for early drinking, a profound expression of Mataro, untamed and wild, almost certainly enough to satiate a Pictish warrior.
From the Materne Quarry Block at Greenock planted circa 1927. The outstanding raw material from this truly unique site has warranted special attention, leading to the creation of an individual bottling. This spectatular property is surrounded by cereal paddocks, providing very little protection from local bird life, the entire vineyard requires netting each year. The small batch of Mataro is hand picked and destemmed into a single cement vat for several days of cold soak before gravity draining and basket press. Juices are racked into new French oak barriques for the completion of malolactic and two years maturation. The best barrels are assembled into the final wine before bottling without fining or filtration. Alcohol 15.0%
Black and neon purple in colour. Fresh soil, tree bark, cassis and leather dominate the nose, as hints of spice, chocolate and drying meats evolve with time in the glass. The expansive palate is rich and dense showing a rustic core of earth, tar and black olive all tightly framed by the wines mineral strewn tannins. Beautifully balanced in its youth with the constitution and structure to develop magnificently.