Mataro Defiant Soul Growers is from old vines in Marananga & Vine Vale, whole berry-open fermented, 7-10 days on skins, basket pressed, matured for 19 months in used French hogsheads.
Defiant is an understatement with Mataro as it has stood the test of time as one of Barossa’s best kept secrets. Today there has been a resurgence of interest in Mataro (or Mourvedre as it is also known) as a single varietal wine with exceptional results.
Soul Growers was formed in 1998 by the experienced winemaker Paul Heinicke with the addition of award-winning winemaker Stuart Bourne, and quickly gathered a strong following in their domestic, Asian and North American markets. Most of their dedicated team members are 5th generation descendants from the first grape-growing families who settled in the Barossa valley. They are fortunate to work with Old Vine, Survivor, Centurion and Ancestor vines, some being over 130 years old, and their goal is to let the unique character of these vineyard sites across the Barossa valley shine through in their wines. Where nature provides, they only guide. With this in mind, they strive to make sure Soul Growers wines emphasise the regional and varietal flavours of their beloved Barossa Valley. The essence of what they strive for is to ensure a lifestyle that is good for the Soul; wine, food, family, music, mates and fun.