Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Barossa South Australia
A profoundly structured, concentrated Rhône style GSM, from traditionally managed vineyards at the very heart of Barossa which date back to the late 1800s. The old, deep rooted Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre vines accept their fate without blinking, perfectly timing their harvest to accompany the later ripening, lower alcohol Carignan and Cinsault, a small yet important part of the Miss Harry accord. These gnarled veterans have seen every poor growing season before and will again, due to their natural affinity for Barossa Valley.
Dean Hewitson has been very fortunate to be tutored by some of the best wine makers and wine scientists in the world. Hewitson made the savvy decision to create long term associations with a network of established growers, allowing him the luxury of selecting only the best fruit. Vineyards are picked at optimum maturity and vinified separately on skins before finishing fermentation and malolactic in old French barriques, then matured in these same barrels for twelve months without racking. These are traditional methods which intensify the flavour and complexity. The assembled wine comprises almost equal portions of Grenache and Shiraz with minor balances of Mourvedre, Carignan and Cinsault. Alcohol 14.5%
Bright red with deep purple hue. Aroma of black, red and forest berries, pepper and spice, garrigue, dried lavender and herbs with layers of creamy complexity offered by the extended barrel maturation on lees. The palate is wonderfully full, showing ripe black berries, strawberry and plums, a concentrated core of fruit essence with a racy acidity that contributes incredible vivacity. The finish is long, continuous and fresh.