Current Vintage: 2009
The Tabor has aged well. Expect a full earthy body with hints of tobacco and peppercorns. The nose is filled with the great outdoors - think campfires with freshly caught game (we think rabbit ... a great pairing we might add!)
Home to some of the oldest grapevines on planet Earth, the Barossa Valley is perhaps Australia’s most renowned wine region. In 1842, German settlers planted vines and the rest is history!
On the red wine front, it’s all about the big reds like Cabernet and Shiraz here - with full bodied Barossa Shiraz being sought out around the world. It is rich, muscular, and super sexy - Aussie 'ocker with distinctive finesse.
But the Barossa isn’t a one trick pony. In a salute to the region’s rich German heritage, the Eden Valley (which falls within the broader region) produces some of Australia’s finest rieslings - crisp, fresh, but still balanced.
"2009 sees the return of Tabor. Sounds like an Arnie film circa Conan. Anyway, this is the 100% Mataro from winemaker Pete Schell. Meaty, gamey, feral aromatics, with a little ironstone and something earthy. The palate feels, lively and light, surprising for the inherent concentration; a welcome anomaly. Fresh red berries follow with hot spice and bitter herbs, then forest berries - it flows. It has a formed, slippery feel but there is chiaroscuro of fruit, spice and acidity throughout the wine. Savoury, then tobacco and earthy notes finish the wine with a sprinkle of pepper for good measure. Throws interesting shapes, drinks superbly, will live for a while too." 94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
"A single-site Mataro that is a very grounded and composed young wine: dark plums, some cassis, orange zest, dry loamy, earthly aromas and wild herbs too. The palate's nicely laced up with a core or red- and purple-berry fruits - very smooth - and lazy tannins, laid-back, soft and even, and gently nutty through the finish. Plenty of charm and concentration here." 96 points. Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide, 2012.