Feeling part of a wine and its story makes the experience all the more enjoyable. Be it a time, place, cellar door tasting, once you get hooked, you're in. For me, I did a barrel tasting with winemaker Stuart Bourne back in January. We sampled copious amounts of 2016 Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, peeling back the layers before throwing them all together again to create a mock blend to see where this is going. Bourne is a passionate winemaker, loves a chat and makes a killer pizza. He talks himself up as a wicketkeeper too.
An 81/10/9 blend from various sites throughout the Barossa - Stu and his team have access to some excellent fruit. The youngest contributing vines here are 47 years of age (Mataro). Not bad pedigree you'd agree.
This found its feet on the second day of tasting. Reserved and uptight initially, gee it opened a treat.
Dark berries, plums and some spice mesh together well delivering a joyous wine. Mulberries, some chocolate and a kick of earth step up but it's the fruit that does the talking. Old oak ties it all up without showing too much muscle.
The smooth, long and generous finish with that dab of spice will be sure to evoke a smile. Barossa GSM done well.
Drink now to ten years.