Travis Earth Wines Mataro Shiraz Grenache 2016 Cleanskin
SMALL BATCH SINGLE VINEYARD BAROSSA RED BLEND FROM SON OF A GUN CULT PRODUCER
- ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 4.6 out of 5 stars.
- CULT BAROSSA VALLEY PRODUCER
- PRODUCED WITH ORIGINAL ROCKFORD 140 YEAR OLD BASKET PRESS
- SOURCED FROM SINGLE VINEYARD IN KRONDORF REGION
- PRODUCED BY SON OF ROCKFORD OWNER & WINEMAKER TRAVIS O'CALLAGHAN
Generously full-bodied with rich, juicy, dark fruits like plum and blackberry, moving through to the typical jamminess you’ve come to expect from the Barossa. Silky smooth and velvety soft tannin is balanced by a medium amount of acidity, proving that this wine has good potential for cellaring. Subtle earthy spices carry it forward to a long finish that tends towards leathery and gamey. Black pepper is there, but just as an afterthought.
Long, lingering, and contemplative, this wine will develop well over time, yet it is utterly enjoyable now.
The name Travis Earth may not ring any bells – but it most definitely deserves a blip on your radar. Having grown up as the son of Robert O’Callaghan – founder and winemaker at the Barossa Valley’s ubiquitous Rockford – Travis Earth O’Callaghan is now making a name for himself as the fourth subsequent generation of winemaker in the family.
Shying away from the limelight, Travis has escaped the boundaries of his father’s brand to live a more peaceful life on the sidelines, just doing what he loves at his own pace.
Tucked away down a narrow dirt track you’ll find Travis at his home – tending to his organic garden alongside his farm birds and dogs, possibly dabbling in the art that adorns some of his labels and fills his home.
This relaxed and “at one with nature” approach carries through to his winemaking practices. He sources grapes from select vineyards across the Barossa, to make seven wines including a Semillon, Semillon-Viognier, unwooded Mataro, a premium Mataro, a couple Shiraz’s, and this Mataro-Shiraz.
Sourcing the grapes from one of dad’s best blocks in Krondorf, this is a single vineyard Mataro-Shiraz grown with minimal intervention, no pesticides, and is dry grown. This vineyard gets treated with only the utmost love and respect, and has done for many years. Made using open fermenters and a 140 year old basket press (“older than Dad’s” he boasts) they are aged separately up to 3 years
Barossa Valley, South Australia
|Grape Variety:||Shiraz & Blends|
|Cellaring:||Drink now or cellar for 5 years|
|Bottle Top:||Foil over cork|
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