2016 the moonlight run

Grape Variety: 34% Mataro, 33% Grenache, 31% Shiraz, 2% Cinsault

The Moonlight Run was our midnight drive back to the Barossa after working vintage in the Clare Valley in 1999. We would crave a soft slurpy wine to wash down a hard night’s work, so we decided to make our own. We take inspiration from Chateauneuf de Pape wines and this is our take on them.

Sub Regions: South Moppa, Greenock Western Ridge, Barossa Foothills

Winemaking: Mataro from the dry grown vines on rose quartz soils of Dadd’s Block is co-fermented with whole cluster Cinsaut to soften the sharper tannins. We then add some old bush vine Grenache from the Barossa foothills where the sandy soils are shallow on calcrete and limestone. This complex Grenache fruit adds spiciness and intensity. Add to that some Shiraz from the Greenock Western Ridge and we have a wine that is a mouthful of everything superb about a Chateauneuf styled blend. Aged in tank and barrel, each parcel is selected to add as much interest as possible.

The Wine:  The blueberry lift of Greenock Shiraz is unmistakable amongst the aromatic Mataro fennel frond, game and savoury backbone. The mixed ground pepper spice plays off between white and spicy Grenache aromatics and the roasted black pepper and green peppercorn mix that Mataro brings. A mix of muscavardo sugar sweet and savoury molasses character is balanced by a roasted coffee tannin that runs through the core of the palate. With so much going on it needs no accompaniment and has the spine to reward people who like to put aside a bottle or two for a later date.

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