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2015 The Bootmaker


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Barossa Valley

Crimson with garnet hues. Intensely perfumed aromas of raspberry essence, red cherry, blood orange and musk stick are complemented by enticing spicy notes of white pepper, nut-meg and cardamom. The palate is rich and pure with wild raspberries, blood oranges, cumquats, orange peel, coriander and fennel husk; the core built around fine red currant acidity, layers of chunky tannins, fleshy texture and a deliciously long finish.

Mataro seldom makes a wine as supple as this, and I don’t think this can be ascribed to the 4% grenache inclusion. There's a special quality to the tannins that counterintuitively lifts the aura of the red fruits on the palate. The balance is such that a 20+ life is assured.

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018, August 2017
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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 96% Mataro
  • 4% Grenache
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
26 March
A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 vintage after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. It was a dry, warm and windy start to January, with some welcome rain at the end of the month coinciding with the onset of veraison; perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards. Mild weather followed from February through to April providing a fairytale vintage, with some Eden Valley shiraz in the winery before Easter. Barossa Valley growers red varieties, together with our estate Eden Valley fruit followed soon after, eventually winding down at the end of April as the rain and cooler temperatures set in. The 2015 vintage has provided stunning signature regional varieties that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for excellent ageing.
The Bootmaker mataro pays tribute to the bounteous skillset of the Silesian Lutheran pioneering settlement of the Barossa. After plying his trade and building the Bootmaker’s Cottage in the hills east of the Barossa Valley, the subsequent generations of Carl Pfeiffer’s bootmaking family resettled on the deep sands of the river flats of the North Para, farming an eclectic array of grape varieties and stone fruits. Well suited to warm and dry conditions, old vine mataro thrives in this environment producing the emblematic delicious spice, elegance and svelte tannin of this variety.
Serving Temperature
Cellaring potential
Exceptional vintage, 20+ years (from vintage). Decanting is recommended.
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James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion 2018

August, 2 2017

"The wine paying tribute to the wide skillset of the Silesian Lutheran settlement of the Barossa Valley. Mataro seldom makes a wine as supple as this, and i dont think this can be ascribed to the 4% grenache inclusion. There's a special quality to the tannins that counterintuitively lifts the aura of the red fruits on the palate. The balance is such that a 20+ life is assured."

Author Unknown Luxury Wines, The Advertiser

July, 17 2017

"There’s something special about this wine harvested from close to century old vines in the Valley’s eastern foothills, a tiny per cent addition of grenache completing what Stephen Henschke calls the jigsaw of the two varieties. A delicate mataro, with exotic cinnamon and nutmeg spices, typical varietal braised meat here with amazing white pepper notes, yet gloriously elegant from start to finish. Heaven."

Angas Hughson Wine Genius

June, 13 2017

“ A robust and fleshy styled red wine with mulberry, and place cherry aromas backed by some floral, leathery, savoury, spicy nuances with reserved oak in the background. Dry and open knit in quite a ripe style although builds some more savoury nuances with some characteristic firm Mataro tannins to finish. Very long and will live in bottle.”

Nick Stock James Suckling

May, 31 2017

"A distinctive nose with brambly herbal accents as well as an array of fresh blueberry, cassis and redcurrent fruits. The wine has immense freshness as well as purity. The palate embraces ripeness and in particular tannin ripeness, the flavors head into plum and mulberry territory. The tannins have a languid, charming repose. They deliver a sustained caressing texture, certainly ready to drink now."

Ray Jordan Weekend West Magazine

May, 13 2017

"...a perfect example of the variety and why it is so well suited to the region. The palate succulence comes from the very small yields, with the slightly gravelly, grainy characters adding to the feel. The aromas are distinctly raspberry, with some subtle cherry influences. Medium weight, with a lifted spiciness."

Dave Brookes The Adelaide Review

May, 3 2017

"What is striking about Henschkes’ new The Bootmaker Mataro is its fruit purity. Sure, there are those savoury touches we all love from Mataro – the light meaty facets, the sprinkle of white pepper and the exotic spice notes. But the fruit here shines. Still quite primary, it leaps from the glass with aromas of dark plum, mulberry, and blueberry. Underscored with hints of mace, freshly cut fennel, licorice, Chinese spice shop and some frangipani-like high tones, it is an expressive rendition of a variety that the Barossa does better than most and one from a cracking vintage. A stunning debut and one that will provide great drinking well into the future."

Campbell Mattinson The Wine Front

"...Distinctive. Bursting with cherry, anise and plum but with nutty, spicy, mace-like characters. Alive with scent, alive with sweet fruit flavour. Enough five-spice and white pepper to take on the world. Gorgeous drink."