As I think I have written before, we have been drinking wines from Carmel Valley winery Myattsfield quite a bit lately and three of those are reviewed here. Josh and Rachel Davenport really are turning out some top quality wines, and they are well worth seeking out – or better still pay a visit to the vineyard in Union Road Carmel where you can taste their range. Make a day of it, there are some very good wineries in the Perth Hills and pretty good places to eat as well.
Two of the wines reviewed use Mourvèdre, a grape not commonly grown in WA, with vines predominantly in South Australia and New South Wales, and even less likely to be seen as a straight varietal, except as rosé style. It is used in the increasingly popular GSM blends, with Grenache and Shiraz. In some areas it is called by its Spanish names Monastrell and Mataro but these names (in Australia) are being phased out in favour of Mourvèdre.
2011 Myattsfield Mourvèdre
The wine has a very perfumed nose, with blackberry aromas predominant, but also hints of violets, pepper and thyme. On the palate it is medium to full bodied, dusty black fruit flavours with some almost meaty notes on the mid palate. Quite strong tannins lead to a long finish. A good food wine, it will reward cellaring for 5 to 7 years at least. (94)
2013 Myattsfield Shiraz Mourvèdre Viognier
The nose picks up the spicy notes of the Mourvèdre and Shiraz, but is supported by the aromatic aromas of Viognier – apricot, honey suckle. The palate is softer than the straight varietal, and while it has hints of the herbal, meaty notes from the Mourvèdre, it has much more pronounced fruit flavours, plums and blackberry, with a hint of liquorice and pepper. A lovely easy drinking style. (92)
2013 Myattsfield Pinot Noir
The grapes are sourced from cool climate area Pemberton. Light crimson in colour, it has fragrant cherry characters on the nose. A medium bodied palate with some sour cherry and strawberry elements adding complexity. There is good tannin, well balanced oak in support and a satisfying finish. An excellent first effort at Pinot. (90)
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