Greenstone ..mmm! Mataro 2018
$ 34.00 incl. GST
A first release of a small batch experimental wine by Greenstone. The Heathcote vineyard is planted to a few rows of Mataro, vinified separately for the first time. Hand picked, fermented wild and rested for 16 months in seasoned French oak.
Slurpy, sloshy, velvety and savoury fun. Mataro is a black hearted variety with gobs of dark fruit, almost Shiraz-esque in weight but with a far perkier structure and mouthfeel.
“Crushed, wild-fermented, 3 weeks on skins, matured for 16 months in used French oak. Relatively light colour; this doesn’t have an axe of tannins suspended above your neck, rather a fruit core wrapped with a filmy satin swathe a la Wendouree.” 94 points, James Halliday, 2021 Wine Companion
Greenstone Vineyard / Heathcote/Yarra Valley, Vic
First Rate Sites And Viticulture – A Pinnacle Producer Of Victoria
Formerly Greenstone of Heathcote, Greenstone Vineyards began in 2003 as a 40 hectare property (20 Ha under vine) near the town of Heathcote in central Victoria. Planted principally to Shiraz and Sangiovese, this vineyard is unique in several ways, close planted to reduce individual vine yield, and planted (atypically for the region) east-west, providing shade for fruit and reducing disease pressure due to exposure to cleansing breezes. It is here the name Greenstone is derived, due to the copper infused basalt Cambrian soils of Heathcote.
A change of ownership in 2015 saw the acquisition and addition of a winery and vineyards in the Yarra Valley, the former site of Sticks/Yarra Ridge. This has provided a picturesque cellar door facility close to Melbourne, as well as plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and more. Production across the two sites is deceptively small, with the wines genuinely hand made and quality paramount.
From the get-go a first rate producer, the wine styles are across the board sophisticated, complex, and for want of a better descriptor, grown up – think fruit concentration with purity, texture, refinement and drive. Philosophy has always been to express well grown fruit from excellent sites, and with a broadening offering of wines , the future looks very bright for Greenstone.