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Our Wine Mailbox Program brings you a bottle of wine every month in your very own PUBLIC bronze mailbox. Each artisanal wine from Australia, New Zealand, and around the globe, is hand-selected by Chef Brad Farmerie for your enjoyment. Brad will include personal tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, recipes, and sometimes, imported foodstuffs or PUBLIC kitchen creations. And, of course, you’ll receive invitations to PUBLIC special events and private tastings. We also do our best to accommodate last minute and special reservations for our mailbox members.


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Tim Smith – Mataro 2014
Barossa Valley, Australia

The Tale:

The Barossa valley is one of the most classic wine growing regions in the entirety of Australia. This small region in South Australia is home to some of the best known producers and is known for rich Syrah (Shiraz), Grenache, Mouvedre (Mataro), and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. A warm dry climate makes it perfect for growing the fruit-forward wines that we all enjoy and know from the region.

This month we introduce you to Mataro, aka Mouvedre (among many other names around the world), a classic thick-skinned blending grape famously used in the southern wine growing regions of France, notably the southern Rhone and the Languedoc-Roussillon. Although Spanish in origin, the French found it added a sense of power and tannic structure when blended with Syrah and Grenache. The vines of Mataro prefer hot sunny days, making its popularity in Australia’s Barossa Valley a no-brainer.

Tim Smith is an avid fan of Rhone Valley wines. Originally inspired by Yarra Yering’s interpretation of a classic Grenache Mataro Marsanne Viogner blend, Smith eventually took part in a Barossa Valley/Rhone Valley exchange where he worked under some of the Rhone’s most classic winemakers including Thierry Boudinaud and Alberic Mazoyer. With a newfound knowledge in the contextual winemaking of the region, he returned to the Barossa and produced his first vintage of wine in 2002.

Being a massive island in the middle of the ocean, Australia luckily missed the epidemic of phylloxera, a nasty pest from the eastern United States that brought the global wine industry to its knees in the late 1800s. Replanting grape vines on new root stock didn’t become a huge issue, thus the majority of old vines of Grenache, Shiraz and other grapes are found in the country. The Mataro you are about to drink is sourced from three vineyards in the Barossa, one of which is comprised of vines over 130 years old.

Let us pop this wine open for you, it’s rich and perfumed without being overtly fruit forward. Taste the Earthiness and enjoy this bottle with a rich roasted vegetable or charred red meat dish. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

The Facts:
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Varieties: Mataro (Mourvèdre)
Vine Age: 50-130 years
Alcohol: 14.5%

The Flavo(u)r:
Earth, plum, baking spices, beef jerky, umami. This wine is screaming to be paired with a risotto or meat dish, although by itself it is a fun wine to relax and enjoy next to a good thick novel.


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