2015 the moonlight run

Grape Variety: 47% Mataro, 38% Grenache, 12% Shiraz, 3% Cinsault

Background: 'the moonlight run' was the repetitive nightly drive from the Barossa to the Clare Valley that Dan and I would endure whilst working Harvest in 1999. During the drive home, we would often crave a soft slurpy wine to wash down a hard night's work. Out of this ideal we decided to make a Grenache based wine to be enjoyed whenever the mood takes hold.

Winemaking:  The 2015 vintage again finds itself based around fruit from our Dadds block Mataro, which has proved to be one of the most intriguing and consistent dry grown vineyards. A handful of whole cluster Cinsault was co-fermented with the Mataro to soften the sharper tannins. Old bush vine Grenache from the Barossa foothills was sourced to add lifted spice and bright fruit and provide multiple blending options. Some tank and barrel ageing was adopted across this blend, with each parcel and barrel selected based on adding as much interest as possible.

The Wine:  With a linear Mataro based palate that gives focus, density and minerality supported by maraschino cherry dense Grenache, this is a great mouthful of everything great about a Chateauneuf styled blend. Spicy aromatics abound with black and white pepper, Chinese five spice and native pepper berry jumping out the glass. With so much going on it is best enjoyed on its own, however tuck into this with a Peking Duck and you’ll be extremely satisfied.

Cellaring: Up to ten years

2015 the moonlight run - 93 points - Blend of Barossa Valley mataro, grenache, shiraz and cinsault.
Aromatic. Fleshy. Plenty of fruit and yet dry and spicy to close. Excellent style of wine. The kind of wine we all should drink more of. There’s no lack of sweetness and/or ripeness and yet the savoury crowd is played to. Hits the nail pretty much bang on.
— Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au
2014 the moonlight run - 96 Points - A 58/22/20% blend of mataro, grenache and shiraz. It is intense and powerful, yet supple, its fragrant bouquet is replicated by the rippling cascade of spices, cherry, raspberry and delicately balanced tannins that help extend the long palate. An object lesson in containing the alcohol.
— James Halliday, Wine Companion Magazine, Feb/Mar 2016
2014 the moonlight run - 92 points - 58% mataro, 22% grenache, 20% shiraz. Barossa Valley. Beautiful set of numbers. Delicious wine to drink. Earthen and spicy but loaded with dark, substantial fruit. Sweet and dry. Complex flavours but a simple/straightforward appeal. It feels as though it’s been forged in a hot, dry, sandy landscape, the berries soaked in sun. No complaints whatsoever.
— Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront