Wine tasting at MyattsField Vineyards in the Perth Hills


“If you love what you do you will never work a day in your life”, Josh Davenport told me on a recent wine tasting trip to his winery in the Perth Hills. It is so clear that the MyattsField Vineyards are Joshua & his wife Rachel’s pride and joy (alongside their kids and gorgeous dog of course!).

This young husband and wife team are both qualified winemakers who have worked around the globe and Western Australia making wine. They are a breathe of fresh air in the wine industry – they do what they do because they love it and most importantly they have fun with it. I believe it’s this passion that comes through in their wines.

I was recently invited by Belinda from Seeds & Harvest Marketing Communications to attended the MyattsField ‘Old & New’ tasting with their Left Field club members to celebrate 10 years of winemaking at MyattsField. There were 18 wines to taste, which included some pre-releases and their very first wine (a 2003 Merlot) matched with delicious nibbles by Chef Llyod Powell from Grape Provisions.

The property is simply beautiful, with the romantic rolling hills full of vines and the rustic homestead that houses the cellar door and winery. I was already picturing lovely Spring evenings out on the verandah with a bottle or two of wine as the sun sets. Plus I hear there is an awesome B&B across the road, hint hint Mr. Spittoon 😉

This celebratory tasting was exclusively for Left Field Club members. It is “a club for those who enjoy good wines and occasionally something a little different”. To me the club had a community feel, here we all were in the back of the winery surrounded by winery equipment with the common element of loving wine. And after tasting the 18 special wines I can definitely see why everyone was there, MyattsField definitely know how to get those tongues wagging.

From a “sunshine in a glass” Verdelho to the “sexy grape” of Durif and to fortifieds made from the traditional Touriga Nacional. MyattsField are jumping out of the glass at you, they are experimenting in the vineyard and winery and these ‘playful tests’ are bloody well working.

My visit to MyattsField reminded me why I love wine so much – simply put, wine is fun and you’ve got to have fun with it. The Bickley Valley, where MyattsField is situated is a mere 30 minute drive from the Perth CBD, well worth the trip for some much needed R&R.

For more information on MyattsField please click on the links below:

MyattsField Website

MyattsField Facebook

MyattsField Twitter

What we tasted: 2011 Methode Champenoise, 2007 Verdelho, 2011 Verdelho, 2006 Semillon, 2012 Semillon, 2007 Mourvèdre, 2008 Shiraz Mourvèdre Vioginer, 2006 Tempranillo, 2009 Durif, 2003 Merlot, 2006 Cab Sauv, 2005 Cab Merlot, 2010 Cab Merlot Petit Verdot, 2004 Reserve Merlot Cab, 2007 Reserve Cab Merlot, 2008 Reserve Cab Shiraz, 2009 Cab Petit Verdot Merlot, 2007 Touriga Nacional fortified, 2012 Touriga Nacional fortified. 

Tasting notes to come soon! And for more photos please check out my MyattsField album here.
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A closer look at the Corvina, Gruner Veltliner & Touriga Nacional grape varities

Take Chances on New Wines #tcwineblogWhen deciding on your Friday night tipple in your local bottle shop it’s easy to head straight to what you know – that nice cushion-filled, candyfloss comfort zone – known in my world as probably a nice chilled bottle of Kiwi Sauvy or an intensely full-bodied Barossa Shiraz. But think about it for a second, there are thousands of different grape varieties in the world, which could equate to thousands of splendid wine moments that you are simply passing by. It’s one of those ‘what if’ moments. Which can simply end in two ways; a: your taste buds are doing jumping jacks over this new elixir or b: you know never to venture there again. Simple.

So are you ready to challenge that guard at the door of your comfort zone and make a run for it? I think you should go for it, and hey that comfort zone is going to be right back there if you need it. So here are a few grape varieties which I think are worth testing out those waters with…

Corvina

It’s a purebred Italian variety, which you may have tried without knowing it as like the French, Italians don’t normally specify the variety used on the label. However more typically seen on the bottle is the name ‘Valpolicella’ which is the home to this variety alongside its blending mates – Molinara and Rondinella. On its own it’s intensely vibrant and fresh with strong cherry-like nuances. The dry Amarone is probably the one to look out for, as the grapes are picked early and then laid out on mats to dry (see picture above) which results in a heavenly concentrated, intense wine – it’s an experience like no other.

Gruner Veltliner

This food-friendly, spicy Austria variety is bound to start taking over the worlds wine glasses one glass at a time. Don’t get thrown off by its spicy nature, as the citrus mixed with peach notes slips down the throat like a treat. I have even heard through the grapevine (no pun intended) that experimental plantings are occurring in New Zealand…

Touriga Nacional

Famous for making Port should not be underestimated on the wine front. It is starting to rival those big red boys by producing intensely dark, dry and spicy wines – they are bound to give the other boys a run for their money! It is the perfect accompaniment to that inch thick rib eye, though on its own it could be considered a meal in a glass.