Great Blends of Australia
7 Amazing Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro blends
Tasting Notes: Australian GSMs
A big wine, deep purple in color, with a great tannic structure and lifted freshness. It shows some herbaceous characteristics (mint, dried herbs) as well as lots of juicy red and black fruit as well as a little vanilla and coconut from the oak. The tannins are chewy and the finish a little earthy with cocoa notes. I believe that with age, the wine will develop beautifully and will become almost velvety and richer. It pairs well with game and rich meat dishes such as venison, hare and rib eye steak.
Deep crimson in color, this is a rich, musky wine with dense, almost chalky dry tannins. At the beginning there is a hint of violets, followed by a lot of ripe black fruit (blackberry, cassis and a little black plum) flavors, a few dark chocolate notes and a long savory finish. This wine is very drinkable right now, however I believe the tannin structure will soften and the wine will develop another layer of suppleness in a few years’ time.
Bright red in color with youthful crimson and a seductive blend of dark cherries, cocoa, subtle oak, and earthy notes on the nose. A rich wine, with integrated tannins and layers of red and black berries, sweet spices ( cloves, nutmeg) and a pronounced dark chocolate nose in the persistent finish.
This deep ruby-colored wine has a rich and complex nose of black truffle, pink pepper, sweet licorice and dried herbs . This is a juicy, fresh wine, with flavors of cherry, red plum, cedar and a hint of leather and thyme in the lifted finish. The tannins are ripe and supple and the wine is ready to drink now, though I believe it may gain some complexity with a few years of cellaring.
Brick red in color with crushed red cherries, raspberries and subtle floral note on the nose. A very well balanced wine with a crushed velvet tannin structure, ripe red fruit flavors, a little Turkish delight and a hint of leather and oriental spices (cumin, coriander seed and cardamom) in the long finish. I believe this wine will develop further layers and complexity with age, becoming almost silky smooth and luscious.
2008 D’Arenberg Ironstone Pressings Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre - McLaren Vale (55% Grenache, 38% Shiraz, 7% Mourvedre)
Ironstone is a rusty colored laterite granite stone with a high iron content which can be found in vineyards. The higher iron content adds a wonderful mineral freshness to this deep-colored wine. On the nose we have a few violet notes as well as blackberry, raspberry and a little allspice. A complex and layered wine, with fine-grained chalky and mineral tannins and ripe sweet red and black berries which are balanced by provincial herbs.
Yangarra Estate works in a very honest and natural way; they farm organically and let the wines ferment on their indigenous yeasts in open-top fermenters. The wine is aged in French oak barriques. Their 2007 Cadenzia is dark in color, with hints of cherry and roasted beetroot on the nose. This is a lush and rich wine, showing a lot of black fruit, a hint of boot polish and some dried lavender and roses in the flinty, smoky finish.