2017 Barossa Valley Mataro

Huon Hooke (huon.hooke.com)

89 points (Bronze Medal) - Deepish red/purple hue, the bouquet earthy, meaty, funky (in a good way) and attractively complex, the palate soft and smoothly-textured, with lovely ripe silky tannins and deep-set plummy fruit. The wine is drinking very well already. 25/3/2018

Drink 2018 to 2028


93 Points - Damn this just feels good. Mataro is so underrated. Often the wingman, here's a top example of the variety standing on its own two feet. Take a bow winemaker Mr Seppelt.

Fruit and savoury characteristics mesh with ease. Blueberry and raspberry are met with aromas of violet, faint clove, sarsaparilla, and dried red flowers. The palate is soft and laced with roasted meats, red fruits, a kick of earthiness plus bright acidity. Super fine to finish, it's nothing but super value. Charge at this hand over fist.

Drink now to six years.

Steve Leszczynski
qwinereviews.com, March 2018

Tyson Stelzer (www.tysonstelzer.com)

91 Points - Brett Hayes describes 2017 as a season more about elegance than raw power, and his Ebenezer mataro captures this mood eloquently. Primary red cherry, blackberry and strawberry fruits are graced with soft, supple tannins and just a hint of earthy character to confirm that this is truly mataro. A great value red in a friendly and fruity style to enjoy in its youth.

Drink 2018-2019

2015 Barossa Valley Mataro

2018 Wine Companion

94 Points - Bottle no. 18 of 300. There's a laudable approach with all the Hayes Family wines of picking while there's fruit freshness and adequate acidity. This fragrant mataro has delicious red fruits and superfine tannins.

Drink by: 2023

James Halliday
2018 Wine Companion


WBM 100 of the Best

93 Points - 'This is a really good Mataro, super perfumed, ribbed with tannins, deep in flavour but still holds a perky freshness that translates to ease of drinking. Cola and blueberries, rose water and raspberry is the go. I like the soft nature of those tannins too. It's such a pleasant mouthful of red wine. 14%'

Mike Bennie
WBM: Australia's Wine Business Magazine, March/April 2017



93 Points - Mataro from the Barossa sub-region of Ebenezer. Low on the oak influence, enjoyment factor is high. Great drinking. Top value.

A calming, medium bodied wine offering plenty of comfort. Game meat, a kick of earth, dried red currants plus a wash of raspberry and a whisper of leather. There's a sprinkle of spice. There's a flicker of dried herb. Gravitating drying and dusty tannins to finish. I could make easy work of this. Find some slow cooked meat to partner a big glass.

Drink now to six years.

Steve Leszczynski
qwinereviews.com, July 2017