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Our aim is to make wine that is delicious to drink, different and pleasing. To achieve this, we source our fruit from two exceptional mataro vineyards in the Barossa Valley. The transparency of Giorgiadis vineyard fruit against the opaqueness of “Schiller’s” brings an expressive tension and balance. After traditional vinification in open-fermenters the wine is matured in a combination of seasoned and new French oak barriques for an extended period of around 18 months to allow the fruit to develop richness, volume and complexity. Vineyard characters, winemaking nuances and maturation notes are all harmonised in the wine through intuitive feel and rigorous blending of barrels.
 
Beautiful colours, intense flavours and wonderful supple tannin richness hallmark our 2012 Caillard Mataro. With its fragrant aromas, lacy textures, gorgeous fruit complexity and underlying oak nuances it evokes the atmospheric generosity of the Barossa landscape. Released with one year’s bottle-age, it is settled and ready for drinking. Or you can keep it for a while and let it evolve. Andrew Caillard
 
Andrew Caillard is a Master of Wine, film producer (one of the team behind documentary 'Red Obsession'), and painter, and somehow he finds the time to produce wines with his wife, Bobby. This new mataro is for fans of full-bodied but elegant, steak-friendly reds: it's crammed with firm dark flavours of blackberries, toasted oak, cocoa powder and reduced beef stock. Decant for a couple of hours and drink from big goblets. The mark-up: Past vintages are on restaurant wine lists at about $90 a bottle. Max Allen; The Australian April 1, 2014 
 
A different painting every year. I like that. Plenty of spice and dried herb in this one, blackberry pastille, blackcurrant, nuts and a little toast and creamed honey. Medium bodied, has a juiciness of fruit yet stays dark and spicy and earthy with a pleasing Amaro-like  twang.  Generous open weave tannin – good feeling here – all fresh and lively, with a long dry finish of especially good length. Articulate wine. Give it a big glass and take your time. Rated : 94 Points Tasted : Apr14 Alcohol : 14.5% Price : $50 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2014 - 2022+ Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

Andrew Caillard, who lives in Leichhardt is a wine writer, historian, consultant, film producer, auctioneer - and Master of Wine. His great-great-great-great-great grandfather, John Reynell, planted one of Australia’s first vineyards: at Reynella, around 1838, and Caillard now makes his own wine and also paints and designs the labels. His latest release is this lip-smackingly delicious mataro from the Barossa Valley; beautifully balanced with supple power. $50; Winsor Dobbin

Andrew Caillard MW has released the fifth vintage of his 2012 Caillard Mataro (A$50). Continuing his tradition of hand-painting a different label each year, Caillard’s 2012 Bird of Paradise was chosen to represent beauty and delicacy, with its long red plume drawing similarities to a “peacock’s tail”, the tasting term used to indicate wines with textural length. The comparisons between the label and the wine don’t stop there with Caillard describing the mataro as possessing “beautiful colour as well as intense flavours and wonderful supple tannin richness”. Alongside the 2012 Mataro, Caillard has also released the first 2012 Caillard Shiraz (A$50), both wines source fruit from the Barossa Valley and are made by Caillard and Dr Chris Taylor. Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine

This has quickly established a cult following. The fruit is sourced from the Barossa, which had one of the very best vintages in 2012. A great example of the variety, it only gets 10 per cent new oak, yet the powerful tannins and intense fruit provide weight and structure. Lots of sweet, savoury juicy fruit. Caillard’s own label painting is also eyecatching. Rating: 96 Points; (Best drinking: Now to 2023. Alc: 14.5%) Ray Jordan

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