52% Grenache | 28% Shiraz | 20% Mourvédre.
The 2019 GSM is estate grown fruit from the Marananga, Moppa Hill and Greenock Vineyards. For the first time the lion’s share of Grenache is from the Marananga vineyard. 43% Grenache soured from the Marananga site with just 9% from the old vines from Moppa, 28% Shiraz from Greenock and 20% dry grown Mourvèdre from Moppa. Each variety adds its own characteristics to the blend – Grenache aromatic red fruits and spice, Shiraz dark fruits and mid palate weight. Mourvèdre completes the balance by adding structure and complexity to the finish.
Majority Handpicked fruit, predominantly de-stemmed. The three grape components all fermented separately are allowed wild yeast to start ferment, cultured yeast is added after approx. 3 degrees of alcohol obtained. Grenache like the Mourvèdre is hand plunged in small open top fermemters. Shiraz ferment was managed mostly with two pumped overs per day. 18 days on skins for Grenache & Mourvèdre, Shiraz 12 days, the wine was then drained to oak barrels and skins were hand dug out of the fermenters into the basket press.Show Tasting Notes
Appearance: Garnet red core with medium crimson/ red rim.
Aroma: A freshness of red fruits; cherry, plum, cranberry and raspberry. The primary fruits are equally matched with baking spices such as allspice and star anise. There are earthy notes synonymous with GSM’ along with multiple herbs; rosemary and bay leaf.
Palate: Immensely drinkable, it’s defined by perfect balance. Medium bodied as the palate develops a purity of red fruits, the theme of plums and cranberries. Along with those classic earthy tones. It is silky and round through the mid palate with soft acidity. The tannins are soft but velvety on the finish.
Region: 100% Barossa Valley
Sub Region: 43% Marananga & 29% Moppa Hill & 28% Greenock Vineyards
Bottled: Unfined & unfiltered on 1/03/2021
Production: 331 dozen
Total Acid: 5.7 g/L
Maturation: 14 months in seasoned French oak Puncheons
Cellaring Potential: 8 years with careful cellaring
Winemaker: Shawn Kalleske
Last tasted: 25/05/22