Young gun winemaker Matt Froude is really hitting his straps. This is his second vintage under the Municipal label, and it's a cracker.
The fruit is sourced from an organic vineyard, dry-grown and not pruned (but cared for, says Matt), in the Strathbogie Ranges. 50% Cabernet and 50% Petit Verdot are combined in a complex weave of dark berry fruit, bramble, floral top notes, dark spice and a hint of earth. It's generous, plush, with balanced acidity and lovely tannin structure. It's minimal intervention done right.
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Petit Verdot.
The varieties were fermented separately with 8 day ferments between 22 and 27 degrees, punchdowns twice daily to avoid over extraction and create a perfumed elegant wine. Concurrent Malolactic fermentation was conducted.
The Petit Verdot was aged for 16 months in a second use French Radoux hogsheads (300L) to provide subtle oak characters without overwhelming the fruit and the Cabernet Sauvignon in a new Hungarian Radoux hogshead to provide a great structure and weight to the wine.
Bright, medium plus intensity, red-purple. Very complex aromas, of bramble berries, black current, violets, truffle, clove, brooding spice, hawthorn, a floral note from the Petit Verdot and an underlying minerality. A generous palate, full bodied yet high in acid with grainy muscular tannins, medium plus intensity and great structure and acid drive. Flavour profile includes black berries, rhubarb, hints of vanilla and spice with a long and persistent finish.
Municipal was established by Matt Froude a boutique winemaker, passionate about bringing you unique wines that offer a taste of place, time and variety. Matt was inspired to create Municipal Wines so you can experience elegant, varietal, food friendly wines that are lower in alcohol than your average Australian sledgehammer.
Matt has travelled far and wide to gain inspiration and expertise for his offering which is produced in the cool climate of Victoria’s Strathbogie Ranges. Matt likes to choose the best variety or varieties from a region or a unique established vineyard sometimes requiring rejuvenation after years of neglect.
Matt first started producing wines under the Municipal label in 2014 with his Whitegate Tempranillo and Shiraz. His plan is to bring the wines to the people not expect the people to come to the vines by opening an urban ("Municipal") winery and cellar door in Melbourne's Northern Suburbs.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
A wine producer that I have not seen much of (relatively new though) but have keenly kept an eye on, though am often late to tasting my samples of and then kick myself for not doing so sooner. From Strathbogie Ranges comes this exceptional red blend. It’s half-half cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot from unirrigated, unsprayed, and un-pruned (but ‘cared for’) vines. Natural ferment, no additions, the cabernet goes to new Hungarian oak and the petit verdot hangs out in old French wood. There was 62 wines of this made. It’s as good as I’ve seen a cabernet blend this year. Pitch perfect everything. Bruised-sour dark berry and sweet cassis fruit characters, black olive and salted liquorice notes, sprigs of bay leaf amongst the faintest ‘Aussie bush’ detail, a sense of granite/slate-mineral character. Has that tension in the palate that sits between juiciness and the skin of a balloon of tannin ready to burst but holding tight, all in a succulent flow that forms almost dart-like then fans as it finishes each sip. Far out. You have a moment I reckon. Just such a beautiful wine to drink and flicking on all the fine wine switches as you pause with it. Mea culpa for not getting here earlier. 95+ Points