I’m liking the clever style of these Coates wines (Shiraz has already impressed). Every egg is a chicken, or such. This Mourvedre (aside – if you were making Vale Mourvedre would you consider calling it Mataro? Discuss) uses handpicked fruit, wild fermentation with the wine spending 12 months in French oak. Also unfined and unfiltered.
Deep ruby maroon, this packs in that limitless blackness of Mataro/Mourvedre/Monastrell/whatever you want to call it. Long, dark and black. Chocolate powder oak, licorice and dark berry fruit, its unsweetened and savoury with just a hint of bitterness and a little warmth on the back end. Lovely deep and gravelly tannic style, the only question is whether it could be even better with a little Grenache and/or Shiraz. Nice wine regardless. Best drinking: 2018-2030. 17.7/20, 92/100. 14.5%, $25. Would I buy it? I’d go several glasses.