A-Label Estate GSM Wine
Shiraz often steals the limelight in the Barossa Valley. However, local vignerons know that the careful blending of Shiraz with Mataro and Grenache results in something better than the sum of their parts. At Atze’s Corner, we’ve followed this practice to create an A-label estate wine: our Barossa Valley Estate Grenache Shiraz Mataro.
This GSM wine (Grenache Shiraz Mataro) is vibrantly purple. Its tone betrays the presence of that deeply-coloured, muscular Mataro, which builds on the hues of the Australia Grenache and Shiraz. On the bouquet of this 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.
The palate of this GSM wine is precise and bright, with layered, elegant tannins supporting plush, ripe dark berries and sweet red cherries. The acidity, which is retained in the wine, adds an extra element of freshness and vibrancy which lingers on the palate. The aroma of the wine is characterized by notes of pepper, sage, and herb.
The Makeup of Our GSM
An excellent GSM calls for the perfect harmony among Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro. At Atze’s Corner, we’ve cracked the code: we use 60 percent Grenache wine with 30 percent Shiraz and 10 percent Mataro. The Grenache wine stays for just eight months in barrels, whereas the other two require a full 12 months to reach maturity.
Our 2016 estate wine is exceptionally flavorful due to the warm and dry summer our vineyard experienced. These weather patterns allowed the fruit develop to the optimal weight and balance to create a superb GSM.
If you’re new to blended wines, our GSM makes for the perfect introduction. It takes the best of three well-loved wines from Barossa and combines them in a way that allows you to appreciate what each has to offer, without any one being overpowering.
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