Region: Barossa Valley
Before I start with this review, I would like to give you a little rundown on what is a GSM wine. GSM as you might have guessed, resembles a letter corresponding to the grape variety in the wine.
The G is for Grenache. The S, Shiraz, and the M, is quite an interesting little grape that you hardly find in a bottle all by itself. This is known under two names here in Australia. Mourvèdre, or Mataró, and is used to make one of my favorite summer time wines Rockford’s “Alicante” (When we hit summer expect a review)
So what does each grape type bring to the wine? Let’s start with the body. The body of the wine is the Shiraz grape. That big luscious grape that has ample medium to full body weight on the palate, transmitting all those beautiful characters we love from Shiraz, Black fruits and plums drives a GSM.
The Grenache, as you might be aware if you have read previous reviews. Loves a bit of tourture. So generally, this grape can be left on the vine under immense heat and blistering conditions and still produce epic wines. In the role of as GSM however, it is there, to provide that ‘warming’ characteristic. Picture it like a big hug. This is apparent when smelling the wine and you start to get the sense of stewed fruit and the earthy smell like the ground the grape has been planted in has been captured and jammed into the glass.
Now for the Mourvèdre. This grape has one of the most peculiar characters of all red grapes. Mourvèdre, is such a beautiful aromatic grape, and you start getting a nice smell of ‘perfume’ to the wine. Like freshly cut flowers, violets, roses etc. But then on the palate, you find blueberry, pepper and spice and generally a higher level of acid backing it up. Mourvèdre, usually is the smallest percentage of grape variety used in the making of GSM. It’s purpose is to give off that wonderful nose smell and not allow that fruit from the Shiraz and Grenache to become too prominent delivering a well rounded wine, rather than something that might start becoming too sweet and jammy.
Now that you have been educated on each grape in the GSM wine we can now move on to reviewing this bottle.
Starting with the nose, and foremost we get a welcoming smell of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre working well in unison. Plum, Rhubarb and stewed fruits hit you up the front and it is backed up with that wonderful perfume aroma of freshly cut roses and a little bit of white pepper from the Mourvèdre.
Moving on to the palate and red cherry and turned earth stand out running onto a long peppery finish that is slightly acidic. This wine contradicts the odour it gives off.
That being said, the wine by itself, is drinkable, but, and this is the first time I have said this in a review… This wine would be greatly enhanced by food! Oh yes. This wine would make a fantastic companion to beautiful tender veal steak or scalliponi. This was all I could think about when drinking this wine, man I would kill to have some veal steaks. Then I was thinking about lamb loin cutlets too, and this wine would pair up nicely among a couple of those bad boys as well.
All-in-all quite an interesting wine. No real wow factor to speak of, but will show promise if matched up with the right food.
This wine is made as a drink now wine and probably wont go much beyond five years. Thus, peak drinking is 2015 to 2020.
The SA Wine Guy