2008 Torbreck Mataro The Pict

Year: 2008
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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"Glints of persimmon and pomegranate add lightness to the stew of meaty and complex spicy flavors in this dark, brooding red, persisting on the long, polished finish. Mataro. Best from 2015 through 2020. 96 cases imported. –HS" (WS)

"Very deep garnet colored with a hint of purple, 2008 The Pict offers expressive notes of ripe mulberries, kirsch, dried plums, Ceylon tea, tobacco, spice cake and fertile earth. Full bodied, concentrated and firmly structured, it has a firm level of chewy tannins and racy acid supporting the generous fruit, finishing long. This vineyard clearly coped extraordinarily well with the heat-wave and produced a superb wine! Drink it now to 2020+." (WA)

"(100% mataro): Dark purple. Smoky, potent aromas of ripe cherry and plum with licorice, black cardamom and pipe tobacco nuances adding a brooding aspect. Fleshy and broad, offering powerful dark fruit flavors that are lifted and sharpened by juicy acidity. Chewy tannins add grip to a finish that clings with excellent tenacity and appealing sweetness." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Dave Powell has always pronounced a strong influence from French wine styles and varietals in his approach to wine making, and The Pict fervently displays these influences. The wild, rugged and earthen aromas typically associated with the Bandol region of France provide the basis for this powerful single vineyard Mataro. Fresh soil, tree bark, cassis and leather dominate the nose with hints of spice, chocolate and drying meats evolving with time in the glass. The expansive palate is rich and dense with a rustic core of earth, tar and black olive all tightly framed by the wines mineral strewn tannins. Although beautifully balanced in its youth, The Pict has the constitution and structure to continually evolve for many years to come.