The Mattock 2013

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The Mattock 2013


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Blend of Merlot (60%), Malbec (30%) and Cabernet Franc (10%).

Deepest red in colour with a purple hue.

The nose is youthful, fresh and lifted showing rhubarb, stewed plum and summer pudding aromas.

The palate has an immediate aromatic sweet fruit attack, disguising, initially, the ripe tannins. The finish is persistent and pleasingly aromatic.

Awards: Silver Medal in Tranche 2 International Wine Challenge, 2015.

Silver Medal Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, 2015

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  1. Winsor Dobbin, Sunday Examiner, 2 August, 2015

    By all reasonable measures this wine should not work anywhere near as well as it does, but Bob and Rita Richter perform vinous miracles in their Glengarry vineyard. This is a blend of merlot, malbec and cabernet franc, none of which are noted achievers in Tasmania, and is one of only a handful of wines in the state still bottled under cork (DIAM).
    Everything comes together brilliantly, however, in a youthful, elegant and medium bodied red blend that offers bright fruit and much promise.

  2. Gary Walsh, posted online September 30, 2015

    The blend is a mystery on the back label, but it’s 60% Merlot, 30% Malbec and 10% Cabernet Franc. How good it is to tilt at windmills in Tasmania. So good!
    This is a rare bird in the Australian wine landscape, and utterly delicious. If you like the taste of hazelnuts dipped in chocolate, with the perfume of violets then walk this way. Plum, boysenberry and raspberry, melting chocolaty al dente tannin with earthy flavours. Density and succulence, perfect acidity and spiced oak to match-the balance and feel of it all just so. Slinky, ripe and unstoppable. The finish is peppery and long. X-Factor here. Something different.It’s 93 or 94 points, can’t decide, but the interest and charisma is undeniable.
    Rated:93 points Tasted:Sept 15 Alcohol:13.6% Closure:DIAM Drink 2015-2020

  3. Patrick Eckel posted 9.4.16

    2013 Grey Sands The Mattock
    A deep red in the glass with lighter hues towards the rim, on the nose your met with juicy raspberry, wild strawberry and cherry with floral top notes, this is a fantastic blend that takes great aspects from each of it’s constituent varieties.
    Merlot (60%) provides mouth filling plum and softness with Malbec (30%) giving the lifted aromatics and sweetness on the palate, the ever so subtle inclusion of Cabernet Franc (10%) gives a backdrop of earthen blackberry and the slightest smokey aspect. Grey Sands have the courage to create non-traditional blends, the results are nothing short of exceptional.
    When to Drink
    Optimal Drinking
    2016 – 2026
    Date Reviewed
    04 09, 2016

  4. Tony Peters posted on 9.4.16

    2013 Grey Sands The Mattock
    You have to wonder what some people think when the decide to plant grape vines in particular locations. There must be a certain level of confidence in the environment, soil, location and ability to make something from the resultant fruit.
    Bob and Rita Richter are an amazing couple who invested so much time in finding the ideal location to grow alternative varieties, especially when it comes to doing so in Tasmania. Pat on the back, high fives and the clink of glasses. They’ve certainly achieved it with this wine.
    The Merlot stamps it’s 60% authority on the wine with juicy plums while the 30% Malbec and 10% Cab Franc give it the purple edge colour and seems to add to the aromatics. I’ll even go out on a limb and wonder if there has been an ‘intersection’ with Gewürztraminer because it seems to have a slight pot pourri hint to it (just my opinion of course).
    This is no shy 3 year old on the palate I must say. The plums and red/black fruits are singing out above a chocolatey flavour (so says my wife) but it could well be a sweetish fruit character that I like in these varieties. There’s that cool/cold climate peppery/savoury character chiming in oh so slightly but adding a nice dimension to the wine.
    Not sure what the tannins were doing when the wine was being made but clearly they knew they were not required to add to the intrigue this wine already has. I loved it!

  5. Regan Drew, APN Weekend Magazine, Saturday, June 4, 2016

    Grey Sands, The Mattock 2013
    Bob and Rita Richter run a unique vineyard in the Tamar Valley. They have a site that consistently produces quality grapes normally associated with much warmer climes. The Mattock is a blend of Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Deep plum, fresh rhubarb, slight Kool Mint skin. Plush dark fruit cushions the palate before sandy tannins envelope the tongue. Distinct coppery and smoky after note. Proof that there’s more than just Pinot in Tassie.
    ◗ RRP: $35 ◗ Alc: 13.6% ◗ Rating: 9/10. Available from

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