Our wines

The Mazza vineyard has ten acres of carefully managed vines that receive lots of attention. Everything is done by hand - pruning, shoot thinning, fruit thinning, leaf plucking and fruit picking. The vines receive minimal irrigation through summer when necessary.  We live in our vineyard and swim in our dam and manage our vines so that sprays are used very sparingly.

We have six Iberian red grape varieties - Bastardo, Graciano, Tempranillo, Tinta Cão, Touriga Nacional, and Sousão. From these we produce five straight varietal wines and one blend of five varieties called Cinque.

Bastardo

Bastardo is traditionally used in Port blends as it quickly ripens to a high sugar content. We discovered it has very little colour in the skin of the fruit which makes it perfect for rose. In fact our Bastardo makes a delicious, crisp dry rosé.  Salmon-pink in colour with strawberry aromas and enticing herbal notes. We believe we make the only commercially available Bastardo rosé in Australia.

 2016 Bastardo
“Light salmon pink hue and a savoury, subtle, clean bouquet and palate with savoury dryness and good balance. Very dry, and the finish is tight and long. Excellent. 92 points.”
Huon Hooke, 10/5/2017

2015 Bastardo
"Salmon-pink; a fragrant, spicy bouquet, juicy mouthfeel, spice and red fruits, good length. 90 points.”
James Halliday (2016)
Listed by winecompanion.com.au as wine considered to offer special value for money.

2014 Bastardo
“Forget the ugly name, this is a beautiful wine! Traditionally used in Port blends, the Douro variety of Bastardo has very low tannins making it perfect for rosé. David Mazza, who specialises in Iberian varieties, thinks this is the only example in the world. There’s a hint of earthy, savoury rusticity that adds complexity to the elegant herbal, strawberry and cranberry fruit here, which is lifted by zippy citrus acidity. The weight and texture makes it a perfect wine for the table, but you could happily enjoy it on its own and dream of summer.” 91 points.
Tina Gellie, Decanter.com, Feb 2017

Cinque (this is where the Sousão comes in)

Cinque is our only blend and is made from five different varieties – Graciano, Tempranillo, Tinta Cão, Touriga Nacional and Sousão. There’s a lot going on with the Cinque as each of these varieties – which make excellent single varietal wines – come together beautifully. It’s hard to describe in a few words but its like that magical thing which happens when a group of old friends get together and bring out the best in each other – except in a bottle.

Sousão is a low yeilding, moderately vigourous vine from Portugal that produces small, tight bunches of dark fruit. The juice is deep purple, almost inky, in colour and high in acid. We used the 2007 Sousão in an interesting blend with Tempranillo and Bastardo. That blend evolved to become our Cinque. All our Sousão is used in the Cinque blend.

2014 Cinque
“(Graciano Tinta Cão Touriga Nacional Souzão Tempranillo) Brilliant, deep, glowing red/purple colour. The bouquet is superb, showing fully ripe, complex dark fruit aromas, with a subtle underlining of good oak. It's similar in the mouth: full-bodied and tidy, with firm but balanced tannins and youthful vigour, while it's already drinking superbly. Long, satisfying finish; extra good concentration. An excellent red wine in every respect.” 96 points
Huon Hooke, 10/5/2017

2009 Cinque - SPECIAL MUSEUM RELEASE
"Bright, clear purple-crimson; the blend of Sousao/Graciano/Touriga Nacional/Tinta Cao/Tempranillo gives a fragrant bouquet of spicy black and red cherry fruits leads into a light-to medium-bodied palate with savoury tannins built into the wine from start to finish; overall elegance; 280 dozen made.” 93 points.
James Halliday (2011).

Graciano

Graciano is traditionally blended with Tempranillo to create Spain's most famous red wine, Rioja, but we think it is special enough to stand on its own. Our Graciano has a rich aroma of spice, ripe plums and tobacco with a generous palate of dark cherry flavours and fine savoury tannins. Our first Graciano was produced in 2007. 

 2011 Graciano

"Good crimson-purple colour for a variety not know for colour; the palate, too, is much more generous than most of its ilk, well capable of standing on its own two feet rather than in a blend.” 93 points.
James Halliday (2014)

Tempranillo

Tempranillo is a famous Spanish grape variety that is becoming popular in Australia. We have discovered it grows particularly well in the Geographe region. This vibrant medium-bodied wine has an aroma of dark cherries and gentle spices. The palate is loaded with rich, plummy fruit, smooth tannins, and pleasing complexity.  We have produced a single varietal Tempranillo every year since 2004.

2014 Tempranillo
“Deep red/purple hue, with a smoky, char-oak aroma, which becomes coconutty as it breathes. Background red and dark fruits, and a high floral note. The palate is medium-bodied and soft of tannin. A lovely easy drinking, balanced red wine which is fruit-driven and delicious. Utterly more-ish drinkability.” 93 points.
Huon Hooke, 10/5/2017

2011 Tempranillo
"Bright hue, although not especially deep; cinnamon and nutmeg spice notes threaded through the fruit is decidedly unusual, but the mouthfeel is good, and there is enough varietal character to satisfy.” 90 points.
James Halliday (2014).

2006 Tempranillo - SPECIAL MUSEUM RELEASE
"Cigar box and spice nuances to the bouquet, then some bottle-developed complexity, moving the black cherry fruit towards the sour cherry; has overall balance.” 92 points.
James Halliday (2012)

Tinta Cão

Tinta Cão is a rare Portuguese grape variety that makes a delicious medium bodied wine with lovely floral aromatics. Our Tinta Cão has a distinctive raspberry aroma with balanced tannins and a spicy finish. Our first Tinta Cão was produced from the 2007 vintage. We also use Tinta Cão in our Cinque blend of five varieties. This one is Dave's dads' favourite. Perfect with red sauce and tastes amazing with asparagus. 

2011 Tinta Cão
"Bright red-purple; a fragrant bouquet; the palate has savoury/sinewy/leafy notes strung through the light-bodied red fruits, fine tannins to close.” 90 points.
James Halliday (2014)

Touriga Nacional

Touriga Nacional is a Portuguese variety that makes wonderfully aromatic wines. A bouquet of gently spiced black fruit leads into a particularly well-structured palate of dark berries finishing with fine, savoury tannins. We were so delighted with the results of our small vintage of Touriga in 2007 that we planted another four and half acres of it in 2008. 

2014 Touriga Nacional
“Deep red colour with a good purple tint. The bouquet is clean and bold, with ample dark fruit and earth aromas and flavours, the palate well concentrated with very ripe dark berry flavours and masses of firm tannin. It appears to be set for a good long career. Liqueur cherry. The finish is long and authoritative. Excellent wine.” 93 points.
Huon Hooke, 10/5/2017

2012 Touriga Nacional
"Juicy, spicy and fresh; light to medium-bodied but has poise and length, fine tannins providing structure. Enjoyable on any terms.” 93 points.
James Halliday (2016)