Yalumba The Strapper Grenache – Shiraz – Mataro 2016
Yalumba The Strapper GSM has a vibrant ruby red colour. Incredibly aromatic with layers of boysenberry, rhubarb, rose petals and a hint of cinnamon spice. Dry and medium-bodied, the palate offers smooth tannins and a bright acidity. Juicy fruit flavours of red plum, strawberry and blueberry with a complex oak integration and hints of savoury herbs, chocolate and cedar spice.
A blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro.
Fun Fact: The GSM blend is a stalwart of the Barossa. The three red varieties have been planted in the region for nearly 170 years, and in the past were commonly blended to make fortified ‘tawny port’ style wines. After World War II the same blend started to become popular in table wines. ‘Grenache Shiraz Mataro’ is a bit of a mouthful, hence the birth of the colloquial ‘GSM’.
Hand-picking of each varietal occurs separately. Small-batch fermentation. The subsequent wines mature for 11 months with 13% in new French oak hogsheads and the balance in older French, Hungarian and American oak hogsheads, French oak barriques and puncheons.
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A medium-bodied, vibrant Barossa Valley Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre (GSM) from Yalumba. Juicy with strawberry, plum, cedar spice and savoury herb flavours on the palate. Each varietal was hand-picked and small-batch fermented with some aged in French oak barrels, puncheons and oak vats to increase the complexity of the final wine . The GSM blend is a stalwart of the Barossa. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre vines were planted in this region over 170 years ago and were initially blended to make a fortified, tawny port style wine.