The Mourvèdre grape thrives in warmer climates where this late ripening variety can achieve good colour and depth of flavour. Our fruit is sourced from the Willunga district of McLaren Vale, where grown in a warm maritime on Biscay soils the grapes ripen with a deep hue and delightful array of flavours and aromas.
The Mourvèdre grapes were destemmed and partial crushed then fermented for three weeks on skins using natural yeasts. Gentle pressing was conducted to provide q refined flavour and soft tannin profile. Maturation in 25% new French hogshead and 70% used French barriques provides a hint of savoury oak character whilst allowing the Mourvèdre varietal and regional characters to be expressed unhindered. The use of mixed cooperages (Seguin-Moreau, Nadalie, Marsannay, Remond, Darguad & Jaegle) provides complexity, integration and harmony with our intended style. A single racking and regular topping are the only time the wine is disturbed post malo with 12 months spent in wood. Bottling date is determined when the tannin and oak balance feel right, with a further 3 months spent in bottle prior to release. The traditional approach used to make The Mourvèdre precludes the use of the additives and fining agents such as tannins, enzymes, egg, fish or milk products. Bottled unfined and unfiltered in March of 20121.
Perfumed aromas offer game and fresh herb intertwined with blueberry and plum notes. A softly textured palate provides an array of juicy berry fruits, lavender and exotic spices framed by smoky oak and silky tannins. Drink now to 2030. 110 cases made.
Alcohol – 14.5% by volume Residual sugar – < 2 g/L
Total Acidity – 6.3 g/L Volatile Acidity – 0.80 g/L
pH – 3.55 Sulphur Dioxide – 65 mg/L Total; 30 mg/L Free
Score 94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Erin Larkin)
Coates has a really polished style. The fruit across reds and whites is picked at excellent ripeness (al denté, some may say) and everything in wonderful balance. There is no change of form in this 2021 The Mourvédre. The 2021 season in McLaren Vale was on the cooler side, and a long, even season prevailed, allowing growers and producers the luxury of truly choosing when to pick their fruit. In the mouth, this is a succulent, modern iteration of Mourvédre, with a velvety drift of tannin around all corners of the mouth. The purple fruit is plush and silky, and the wine just exudes pleasure from all angles. Beautifully done.
Score 95 James Halliday Wine Companion (Ned Goodwin MW)
Fermented wild. Unfined and unfiltered. The sort of wine, unfettered and pure of intent, that could be considerably more expensive. Blueberry and florals. A twine of ferrous tannic persuasion, dried tobacco and a verdant smattering of herb. The finish, long and persuasive.