Grey Sands The Mattock 2018

Tasmania
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£26.95 per bottle
90 in stock

97 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Grey Sands challenged themselves to produce a Tassie, Bordeaux right-bank, which is both admirable and delicious. The nose reveals dried spice box, fresh pencil shavings, blue and blackberry compote, violets and rosehip. The floral element unfolds with time, which is beautiful. The palate is chock-full of sweet black and blue fruits – they are ripe and insatiable juicy. Grip from the tannins arrives, providing some chew and frames the fruit fabulously. I detect anise and a little, sweet Asian spice. This one is really built for the cellar, but can be approached earlier if you decant for 4-6 hours. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”

97 Points – Magdalena Sienkiewicz "The Mattock opens up with a lush perfume which brims with berries, spice and sweet violets. The structure is excellent for such a young wine. Fruit pokes its head up above a sea of graphite, minerals, spice and dried herbs. Grippy tannins and a zip line of acidity show great potential for ageing. 4-6 hours in a decanter allows The Mattock to unfold. Alternatively, bury it in the cellar and revisit in 3-5 years. This should evolve beautifully in the bottle and provide amazing drinking for 10-15+ years. Sampled using Zalto Bordeaux glassware following 5 hours of decanting."

Taste & Aroma

97 Points - Stuart McCloskey “Grey Sands challenged themselves to produce a Tassie, Bordeaux right-bank, which is both admirable and delicious. The nose reveals dried spice box, fresh pencil shavings, blue and blackberry compote, violets and rosehip. The floral element unfolds with time, which is beautiful. The palate is chock-full of sweet black and blue fruits – they are ripe and insatiable juicy. Grip from the tannins arrives, providing some chew and frames the fruit fabulously. I detect anise and a little, sweet Asian spice. This one is really built for the cellar, but can be approached earlier if you decant for 4-6 hours. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware.”

Glassware

Glassware

Zalto Denk-Art Bordeaux Glass

The Zalto Bordeaux glass is recommended for weightier style reds, probably our most widely used glass when tasting in house, this glass is great for many different wines. The large bowl helping aerate and soften tannins whilst accentuating the wine's depth and concentration. The Bordeaux glass is the ideal choice for Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Zinfandel, Bordeaux or Rhône style blends and many other red wines. Surprisingly, it is also the glass of choice for oaked Chardonnay, the shape of the bowl accentuating the balance of ripe fruits and oak.

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Grey Sands Vineyard

Producer

Grey Sands Vineyard


Bob and Rita Richter bought the Grey Sands vineyard back in the 80s, following a tour of the European wine regions where they were inspired to try growing grapes in the coolest part of Australia. This was back before the internet and never having visited Tasmania, they were forced to research their choice using the one book about Australia in their local library!

Based in the Tamar Valley, in a scenic location just a short drive from the beach, they began by planting Pinot Gris and Merlot whilst the local industry were focusing on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Bob was convinced, from his time in Europe, that there were many alternative varieties which would thrive in Tasmania and we have to agree with that. Stu declared the 2018 Pinot Gris "without doubt the best new world Pinot Gris to have ever passed my lips."

Tasmanian wines have been one of the greatest discoveries of the past few years for The Vinorium and Grey Sands with their tagline "wines made to last" have been a fantastic addition to the range.

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Region

Tasmanian Wine UK

 

"Without question, Tasmanian wines have been one of the greatest discoveries for us over the past few years. Some of the greatest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir we’ve ever tasted come from this tiny island."

 

Positioned just over 400 km from mainland Australia’s south east coast, Tasmania has rapidly gained a reputation for being a premium, cool climate wine region, not just for sparkling wines but also for top quality still wines such as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. With vineyard sites positioned on the north and south east side of the island taking full advantage of the cool, maritime influences and coastal breezes that help to preserve the crisp acidity and freshness that is so important in producing wines of this Calibre. Wine makers in Tasmania utilise the whole region often blending parcels from vineyards across the different sub-regions that each lend its own specific identity to the wines.

Tamar Valley on the north coast is one of the warmer sub-regions with a higher level of rainfall producing fruit with a riper character. Here we discovered Grey Sands, who offer a stunning collection of wines and produce one of our favourite Pinot Gris’ to come out of the New World. The Grey Sands site delivers plenty of tannin, colour and structure. Just to the east of this is Pipers River, one of Tasmania’s coolest regions with a terroir dominated by red, ferrosol soils.

Just to the east of this is Pipers River, one of Tasmania’s coolest regions with a terroir dominated by red, ferrosol soils. As we travel south we come to the East Coast region followed by Coal River Valley, Derwent Valley and Huon Valley. Based in the Huon Valley is Glaetzer-Dixon, responsible for producing some incredible wines and one of our favourite Pinot Noirs. Dr Edge is a producer that focuses on the unique expression of each terroir creating three individual, single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays each from a different sub-region.

Based in the Huon Valley is Sailor Seeks Horse who brought a derelict, 6.5 hectare vineyard back to life from which they now produce exquisite Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Hughes & Hughes can be found in a tiny hamlet called Flowerpot, who as well as Pinot and Chardonnay, produce Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc from grapes sourced from growers across the island. We’ve also added Ghost Rock to our increasing portfolio. They are one of Tasmania’s pioneering grower-producers. Over 20 years the Arnold family have almost single-handedly created the Cradle Coast wine region of Northern Tasmania. Their estate now spans 27 hectares of high density, hand-tended vineyards, mostly comprised of Pinot Noir, with significant plantings of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris in behind. Ghost Rock’s wines are driven by depth, sophistication and intensity. They produce a terrific duo of sparklings; Catherine and Zoe..

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Paul Howard21st May 2021

To use the modern vernacular, the Richters have nailed it again with their 2018 'The Mattock'. Bursting with berries, this well structured wine will develop if cellared, but also repays the impatient with its delicious perfume and complex flavours

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