If you want to know what mataro brings to the traditional Rhone blends then get your laughing gear around this wine which is mataro, or Mourvedre, though and through. It’s a big wine – a tannin bomb that is deeply coloured and flavoured. It’s brooding and even a little mysterious to start with baked earth and spice aromas dominating plus dark fruits sitting underneath. But with time and some air choc-blackberry aromas start to build with some blueberry thrown in too. The palate is muscular and tannin city, but with plenty of fruit underneath that drives what is a powerful and mouthfilling style to its long and satisfying finish. If you want to open it now, make sure it is matched with slow-cooked beef cheeks but try to keep your hand off as its best days are some way off when those tannins have been softened by time.