With a split of Mataro (83%), Grenache (9%) and Shiraz (8%), this is a blend of some the Barossa heroes. Purple Hands is a partnership with Craig Stansborough and Mark Slade.
Purple Hands Wines, Mataro, Grenache, Shiraz, Barossa Valley, 2019
The dark playfulness of the blend, which is more Mataro dominant than previous years, shows through movement from animal to fruit to herb to fruit and back again. Black jelly beans, roast meats, tar, leather, blackberry, plum, a touch of mocha, even brown butter and heady just flowered kitchen herbs. There’s a whole bunch chewy influence to the predominantly supple texture that supports darkly bright fruit with surprising acidity. Bittersweet herby twist to give interest and character. Good length and persistence to the finish.
Rating: 18.25/20 (93/100)
Wine sample courtesy of Purple Hands Wines