Variety: Shriaz (57%) Grenache (29%) Mataro (11%) Cinsaut (3%)
Region: Barossa Valley
I have only recently got onto the wines that are made by the Murray Street Vineyards. I am yet to be disappointed by what they have put across my nose and palate. What I find from their wines, is that they are all about Barossa fruit and allowing the fruit to do all the talking in their wine. Minimal oak interference, even from their Shiraz, allows the drinker to experience the complexity of fruit marriage in the glass and on the palate.
This wine is one of their cheapest bottles, and is a GSM variety. Never-the-less, it showcases everything about the Barossa.
The nose is nothing but fruit. Blackcurrent and red plums, even a slight hint of rhubarb. Displaying the heat from the Grenache grapes, and the aromas associated with the Mataro and Shriaz grapes; it is a berry combo in a glass.
Onto the palate, and it is just a master display of what getting the blending percentages right can do to a wine. Even though there is not much oak coming through to speak of, the Mataro just brings balance to the Shiraz and Grenache. The Cinsaut is just there to add a bit of it’s tannin presence to the wine, just to keep everything in check; due to the hot climate of the 2008 vintage, this wine needed a bit of tannin to stop things becoming jammy on the palate. As for the actual taste, you will find that it is the distinctive flavour of plum and blueberry, with a challenging game meat vibe thanks to Mataro coming in the mid-palate, and it just works. The finish is as the start, with plum, working into hints of violet flower and the ever so slight vanilla from French oak, but if you don’t think of it you will miss it. This wine is quintessentially Barossa through-and-through. If you want a masterclass of blending and what the Barossa is all about, then this is your wine. A Classic GSM that is simple and just well made. It just lets everything about the Barossa come out.
If you can source a bottle, get one. For the price, it is a clear winner. This is one, if not the best GSM’s I have came across. Absolutely brilliant.
Drink: Now to 2018
The SA Wine Guy