Thursday, 30 November 2017

Golden Grove Estate The Little White Box GSM 2016




A great story this... Created by winemaker Ray Costanzo for his father Sam, founder of Golden Grove Estate. "Dad loves Grenache and finally got his way and grafted two rows of Merlot over. Finally we got a good crop and decided to make a wine behind his back. We told him that the Grenache had been a failure and that we blended it away but secretly we blended up this GSM. The Little White Box is dad's grafting box which he made when he was 17 and he used it to graft vines all over the state when he was young. He still uses it today."


A 60/20/20 blend, the best parcel of each variety were blended with the Grenache before seeing 12 months in two year old French oak.

Granite minerality the first thing to hit you. Baked raspberries, dark chocolate, desiccated coconut, cherry ripe and a dash of cardamom all show their hand. Bright in the glass, there's a good kick and depth to it. Plump chalky like tannins sap the moisture from the mouth urging another sip. Some more time in bottle will soften some of its power.

A handy first up GSM blend and one which may well become a staple in the range.

91/100

Region: Granite Belt
RRP: $50
Source: Sample
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