The stately old Mataro vines on Uncle Tony’s vineyard were planted by my grandpa, Otto Kurtz, in the mid 1950s. When planted, they went by the Spanish name Monastrell but later came to be known as Mataro.
My uncle, Tony Kurtz, managed the vineyard from the early 1980s, with the fruit traditionally blended into our Boundary Row GSM. From 2015, I started working with Tony on a straight varietal Mataro, reducing bud numbers, shoot thinning and bunch thinning to achieve optimum vine balance and quality. In 2018 we knew we had the formula right.
The 2018 Mataro was bottled but not labelled, to be matured for 2 years or more before release. Unfortunately, Tony passed away in May 2019 and never saw the finished wine. As Tony was fond of saying… shit happens. We still source Tony’s Mataro today, with the vineyard ownership now in the capable hands of my cousin, Neil Hahn.
This wine is a tribute to my Uncle Tony. The label bears his likeness, with his characteristic felt hat, bushy moustache and broad smile, along with an old grindstone that belonged to my great grandfather Ben, that still has pride of place at the vineyard today.
Uncle Tony’s Mataro is a delicious match with well-spiced, smoked, and charred foods like lamb kofta, cassoulet, paella, Argentinian T-bone, five-spice duck, sticky barbecued pork ribs or chargrilled vegetables.
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