Blend Percentages: 62% Shiraz 38% Grenache
Region: McLaren Vale
So, another wine review. This time we look at the Shiraz and Grenache combination. If you can recall to reviews past, I have explored GSM, yet this time this wine is without the M.
This wine, is quite an epic little nasal pleaser. When I cracked the bottle however, I was a little bit skeptic, this wine opened with herbaceous characters and bitumen, yet, with some time, this wine began to open up and then this is where the magic happens…
It opens up and we get prominent blackberry with something a little rare in wines.. lavender. With time, we get a beautiful scent of fruit/floral mix combined into an enticing aroma. This is a good starting point, it starts to seduce you to learn more about what is in the glass.
Onto the palate, and the lavender transfer from the nose is prominent, working in with blackberry/blueberry and vanilla hinted spices. Yet, it is towards the finish the wine falls short. However, it is not an overall bad thing for a wine of this price bracket. The wine is quite pleasant. But, never-the-less when it comes to wine, it has to finish. As I once said in a unrelated statement. “It’s like a cheap Chinese fire-cracker. Looks impressive, but no big bang.”
What it does though is, it doesn’t speak loudly for itself; but, it gets its word across. It does what it needs to do for a wine of this value. It delivers what you would expect it to deliver without any major surprises. It is a decent little wine.
Drink it now or stick it away for another 10 years
The SA Wine Guy