Full Circle


2021 Mataro

I was born into dark times with the vine pull in full swing. One of my first memories of growing up on our vineyard was the piled up heaps of 80 year old Mataro bush vines and the massive bonfires that followed, burning long into the night. After a decade of modern viticultural practices which followed, I had the privilege of working under Robert O’Callaghan, a visionary well-grounded in the values of the past. He was instrumental in our families return to traditional methods in the vineyard and in our then budding winery set amongst the remaining old vines. It brought me great joy to replant the same patch of dirt with bush vine Mataro, knowing that our Vine Vale sand would grow some of the best single vineyard Mataro around.

Tasting Notes

Reserved for great vintages, 2021 sees the return of a perennial favourite, Full Circle Mataro. Our last release of this wine was 2018 so it’s great to see it back in bottle.

Aroma of darks fruit, leather, forest floor & mace. The palate shows ripe cherries, satsuma plum, faint hints of pepper & spice. True to form, this vintage has a great line of acidity that keeps the palate fresh and vibrant. A winner with Sunday roast!



Tasting Notes


Dark fruits, earth, mace and five spice dominate the nose. The palate shows complexity with a rich dark berry character, waves of spice and firm grip. Excellent Mataro vintage with fruit sourced from old dry grown bush vines.


In the same mould as the 2010, this years’ Mataro really offers up some profound complexity. Bursting with primary fruit, five spice, mace, tar and leather, it’s a large scale, intriguing wine to be enjoyed with rich gamey meat dishes.


This may well be one of the best wines I’ve ever bottled- but then again, I am a self-confessed Mataro nut! Mataro is always a bit of a raffle, but when you hit pay dirt, it’s a bloody delight. The 2010 is meaty and rich and full juicy primary fruit. At 3 years old, the latest it’s ever been released, it’s as fresh as a daisy. Drinking beautifully now, it is also the one Mataro I look forward to cellaring for a couple of decades.


The Mataro looks a little lighter on it’s feet than its Predecessors. It’s more fruit driven and fun. It’s showing a lot of spice on the nose which is very typical of both Grenache and Mataro from this excellent vintage.


The 2007 Mataro has a nose similar to 2004 and the palate of 2005. It is restrained when you smell it, but on the palate it is some kind of prehistoric monster. I love the Mataro from our Vine Vale region and this is everything it should be.