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While not holding any formal qualifications in winemaking, Jason’s appetite for the subject was voracious and he was lucky to learn from some of the Barossa’s finest winemakers until finally, after some encouragement from friends he approached his father to discuss buying a small parcel of the fruit from the 2001 vintage. He agreed and Jason put together his first Nitschke Block Shiraz, making only two hogs head barrels. In 2002 Jason produced his first Thiele Road Grenache and have made both wines every vintage since. To this day Jason’s parents have supported his venture and without their encouragement and the sacrifice of some of the Barossa’s greatest Shiraz and Grenache he could not have made this dream happen.
Relationships with some of the Barossa’s finest vignerons have grown over the years and having access to some of the region’s best old-vine fruit allows Jason to take a hands-off, intuitive approach in the winery.
Jason’s minimal intervention winemaking style enables him to create small-batch wines that are not mainstream – they are new-age expressions of Barossa classics, designed to allow the fruit to speak for itself and tell a story through the glass.
“Meta: An abstraction from a well-known concept”
The fruit for Meta Mataro was sourced from vineyards in Moppa, Vine Vale and Bethany (all 10-25 years old).
All blocks were picked separately according to fruit maturity and fermented with wild yeast in open fermenters.
Bethany picked 26/3/21, machine picked, 6 days on skins.
Vine Vale picked 3/4/21, 18% whole bunch, 24 days on skins
Moppa picked 9/4/21, 35% whole bunch, 17 days on skins.
Ferments were all foot stomped and pumped over regularly. All wines were pressed into tank and remained there until blending. Blended July 2021. No fining or filtration occurred. Vegan friendly.
Dark, spicy and built for max expression. Built over a foundation of blackberry and red plums this is punchy, expressive Mataro of spice rubbed meat, tea smoke and beef jerky. It’s fresh and complex, moreish and highly engaging.
Will continue to improve with careful cellaring for 5-7 years.
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95 Points (4.5 stars) – Winestate Best of New Releases Wine Show