A-Label Barossa Valley Estate 2016 GSM
Shiraz often steals the local limelight, but the insightful vignerons of the Barossa Valley know that the careful blending of this with Mourvedre and Grenache, results in something better than the sum of their parts.
This GSM wine (Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre) is vibrantly purple, betraying the presence of that deeply-coloured, muscular Mourvedre building on the colour of the Grenache and Shiraz. On the bouquet of this Australian Grenache red wine, you can enjoy the sweet compote notes of blackcurrants and raspberries. It’s a complex, fascinating bouquet, which keeps you going back for more. GSM’s palate is precise and bright, with layered, elegant tannins supporting plush ripe dark berries and sweet red cherries. The fresh acidity which is retained in the wine adds an extra element of freshness and vibrancy lingering on the palate.
Review by Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review.
There’s a real exuberance to this wine. An energy of Grenache raspberry fruit, the plum Shiraz and licorice Mataro hints, and just a faint bitterness on the finish. Grenache is the star here, and gee it’s a convincing wine. Low acid only enhances the drinkability. Yum. Best drinking: 2017-2028. 18/20, 93/100. 14.5%, $24.95. Would I buy it? Absolutely.
96 Points - Wine Showcase Magazine