2017 Stacks On GSM
GRAPEGROWER & WINEMAKER
34% Grenache, 34% Shiraz and 32% Mataro. Grown on the vineyard around our Cellar Door using organic practices, our Grenache and Mataro were planted in 2001 using the clone BVRC139 and BV 138 respectively. The west-facing slope has quite a bit of ironstone at the top of the hill, with deeper red clay and biscay soil towards the bottom, giving the fruit great complexity. The Shiraz component comes from our grafted blocks, which sit on quite heavy, biscay soils, which gives the fruit a nice softness.
Each variety was picked and made separately, allowing me to pick the fruit at optimum ripeness and make the best wines possible. The Shiraz component had a good amount of whole bunch in it, which works out to be 17% whole bunch in total. All fermented wild and foot stomped twice a day to minimise extraction. 12 days on skins on average before basket pressing to old french oak to mature for 6 months. Blended and bottled with no fining and no filtration.
With 2017 being quite cool and wet, this wine is a very elegant style of Barossa Valley GSM. The fact that I have used so much Mataro indicates that it was a very strong year for Mataro, which gives this wine a great depth of colour, but also a lovely savoury backbone on the nose and palate. The Shiraz component adds flesh to the palate and some soft, blue fruits. The Grenache is all the pretty florals and spice on the nose and palate. It is a really nice drink on its own, but will also work well with food.
Alc: 12.5% pH: 3.60 T.A.: 6.04 g/l
Ready to drink now or cellar for 5-7 years.
95 Points from James Halliday- May 2018 “It is extraordinary how the fruit flavours are ripe with such low alcohol for this blend… Totally delicious wine.”
92 points from jamessuckling.com- July 2018 “The nose shows freshly picked brambleberries and wild cherries, complementing fresher elements of herbs and crushed stones. Full body, some lovely steely tannins and a chewy finish. Drink in 2020.”