Shiraz Grenache Mataro
Growing up in a family that included wine merchants, a publican, and a wine writer, Matt’s interest in wine was cultivated from a young age. In fact, Matt started his early wine career working in a bottle shop while completing a Business degree, majoring in Marketing. His university degree and work experience saw Matt move to the UK and although looking to work in the wine industry he landed a job with Olivetti Computers giving him the environment in which he could hone his business and marketing skills.
Finding a wine marketing role proved challenging so Matt struck on the idea of returning to University to study winemaking and in 1997 he was accepted at Charles Sturt University to do a Bachelor of Applied Science (Winemaking) by correspondence. At the same time, a vintage job in the Saltram cellars came Matt’s way, along with vineyard work in the Eden Valley. He spent three months picking up rocks in a new vineyard, as well as learning to prune vines. Eventually, a cellar position opened at Wolf Blass which progressed to a role in the laboratory before a stint at Krondorf for the 1999 vintage saw Matt promoted to Assistant Winemaker. He returned to Wolf Blass the following year, working on both red and white wines to reach the role of Senior Winemaker.
During Matt’s 18+ years at Wolf Blass, working with some of the best winemakers in Australia, he has been recognized for his winemaking skills by winning numerous trophies and accolades for the wines he produced. The ultimate recognition was taking out the honour for producing the World’s Best Chardonnay voted by the Hong Kong International Wine Challenge. Another great highlight was winning Best Wine of Show at the 2009 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, a recognition that included a trip to Germany to study the production of Riesling. Add to this Best Chardonnay in the Melbourne and Sydney Wine Shows, Best Sauvignon Blanc at the Hyatt Awards and leading the team voted as International Winemakers of the Year by the International Wine Challenge in London.
In 2015, Matt was given the opportunity to be part of an exciting new venture, Savitas Wines, a shared vision to establish a new wine business focused on making quality wines and bringing this pleasure to the wine drinking community. The first step in this venture has been to purchase the Green’s Vineyard in the Barossa Valley and to launch the Insignis label. This vision fits perfectly with Matt’s adage that “as exciting as it is to win trophies and accolades there is nothing better than seeing other people enjoying wines that you have put your heart and soul into.”
Insignis by Matt O’Leary
2015 Insignis Green’s Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mataro
Insignis, Latin for “gem”, perfectly encapsulates the essence of the wines that we produce. The source for these wines is our Green’s Vineyard located in the heart of the iconic Barossa Valley. Sitting east of Tanunda, at the foot of the Barossa ranges, the eclectic mix of soils provides the personality for our wines. Planted to Shiraz and Grenache, the Green’s Vineyard pays homage to the traditions of the Barossa Valley albeit in a modern way.
A bright aromatic wine, the key to its success lies in the combination of the flavours and textures of this wine. Generally blended early to capture the freshness of the Grenache, this SGM blend is a bright, fleshy and sumptuous wine. Ready to drink now, careful cellaring will continue to reward with the evolution of more savoury flavours and aromas.
TA 6.1 g/L
Residual Sugar 0.5 g/L