Hi I’m Marnie Roberts. I’m the winemaker, owner, creative director and business manager of Matriarch and Rogue.
Matriarch and Rogue is about three of my loves. My family, my home of Clare Valley and Alternative Varieties/Winemaking.
In 2013 I decided to make a big, delicious Shiraz for my then, 97-year-old Nan for her 100th birthday. This grew to Tempranillo and Sangiovese in the first vintage when I stumbled across a couple of spanking parcels. So, evolved the development of the brand. Matriarch, named after 5 sisters who lead the family and Rogue, named after the husbands who, in their own way, were scallywags but loving.
The logo was drawn by myself and my husband, the painted labels were made with my son and the fruit has been purchased from growers who are passionate about what they do. This year, 2018, we decided to build our own processing facility and literally, had our first batch of fruit as the concrete set. We processed 34 tonnes, with a little help from our friends and in-between our fulltime jobs.
The top tier wines fall into all three values. Including single vineyard, hand plunged, small volume. They have room for growth and development but it is limited by the fruit available in the Clare Valley. The by M&R range has been developed directly in the third core value, Alternative Varieties and winemaking. I want people to be tempted and able to try something they usually wouldn’t, to go outside of their comfort zone and taste something that is available to them at a realistic price point that allows the risk of ‘will I like it or wont I?’
Early in my wine career, I was introduced to various varieties and styles of wine with the start of the Alternative Wine show that was showcased in my home town, Mildura. As a young woman, working in a lab from a bulk winery and being exposed to all these weird sounding wines, passionate people who champion these varieties, tasting them and going ‘wow, how do you say it and where did it come from?’ to say it was enlightening and an eye-opener is an understatement. The match was lit and my desire to taste and learn more had begun.
This range allows the free style of going to any area, finding fruit that is interesting and delicious and making wine that lets the flavours I try in the vineyard shine through.
I hope that you enjoy them and are as excited as I am to get the average Shiraz or Cab Sav punter to try them!