Taltarni Shiraz Mourvèdre 2008 (Pyrenees, SA)
14.5%, Screwcap, $40
Mourvedre is not a widely acknowledged part of the Pyrenees wine scene, yet if there was one variety that seems to cope well with the dry Pyrenees summers Mourvedre is it. That’s writ large here, with a freshness that belies the scorching vintage.
Still, this carries the intensity and warmth of 2008 from the outset. Dark coloured but thinning at the edges, with a big, luscious, warm hearted palate of lusciousness and softness, that hint of Mourvedre meat adding heart and interest. Suprisingly approachable for Taltarni, yet carries the minty Pyrenees character throughout.
Warm and very dry, slightly uncompromising but wonderfully intense.. Much to like.
Score: 17/20 90/100
Would I buy it? I’d drink a glass
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It's interesting how the Mourvedre / Mataro in the Pyrenees really seems to reflect the growing season so intensely. Just reading your review of our MGS from the cool, wet 2011: http://ozwinereview.wpcomstaging.com/2013/04/mitchell-harris-mourvedre-grenache.html
and then comparing this from the much warmer 08. This year (2013; hot, dry) once again we've found fuller, meatier flavours. We purchase our Mataro from this beautiful Taltarni vineyard, and we're having a lot of fun seeing its yearly expression…