Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Muster Barossa M, 2010

The M on the label stands for the grape that is called Mataro in Australia, Monastrell in Spain and Mourvedre in France. It is a grape that is well suited to the warm, sunny clime of the Barossa Valley of Australia.

When you pick up a bottle ($15) at Crosstown FreshMarket in Kalamazoo, you might not notice that the vintage date is 2010. The thick skinned M grape also requires a bit of bottle age to get rid of its raspy tannins. This wine, though, like many Spanish Monastrells on the market, has spent some time in new barrels to make it more accommodating to New World wine tastes.

Deep and dark, does not appear to be 10 years old. More black than red fruits. Also cassis and a hint of violets  Smooth finish with a bit of complexity. A good value for every day drinking.

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