A-Label Estate 2016 GSM


  • 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

    • Vintage:  2016
      Grape Varieties: Grenche 60% Shiraz 30% Mataro 10%
      Harvest Date: March 30th 2016
      Bottling Date: July 25th 2017
      Technical Details: 14.5% Alc.
      Food Pairing

      Enjoy as a casual red to get the evening going or to pair
      with a pasta dish. In the warmer months chill lightly.

      Serving Temperature:

      15 Degrees Celcius.

      Cellaring:

      Up to five years will see the wine develop from its
      fruit-packed youth to a more complex and nuanced maturity.

      Background/Story:

      Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro are the three bedrock red varieties on which the Barossa’s reputation is founded. Shiraz generally steals the regional limelight but the insightful vignerons of the valley know that the careful blending of the three results in something better than the sum of the parts.

      Vinification/Maturation

      Grenache: 8 Months in 6 year old French Pungeon
      (500 Litre) barrels to retain freshness and brightness of fruit.

      Shiraz and Mataro: 12 Months in third and fourth fill French and American Hogsheads to add oak structure and complexity.

      Vineyard:

       

      Vintage:

      2016 will go down as one of the greatest Barossa
      Vintages in recent history. A dry warm summer has helped the wines show powerful fruit weight and balance.



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