• Shaw and Smith M3 Chardonnay 2008
    Bright, pale straw colour. Minerally and tight with integrated new oak. Very fresh and tight with the richness of Adelaide Hills fruit. Opens up with airing and finishes with excellent persistence.
GSM

This month the featured style is Grenache/Shiraz/Mourverdre or GSM.

These dry red blends originated in France’s southern Rhône Valley, particularly Côte du Rhône and Châteauneuf du Pape. The style has been successfully produced in Australia, especially in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale in South Australia. In the 1960’s, Grenache was the most planted dark grape variety planted in Australia. However much of the Grenache has been replaced with shiraz vines. Mourvedre (or Mataro) comes from the Mediterranean region and has a long growing history in Australia. All three grape varieties can withstand harsh growing conditions and still produce abundantly flavoursome fruit.

The GSM blend can include varieties such as Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro), but may also include other Mediterranian varieties such as Touriga. GSM typically has the characteristics of fruit richness, spice, pepper, and a hint of licorice. It is ideal served with red meats, and wintery casseroles. An example of a good value GSM currently in the store is the Claymore “Never Walk Alone” GSM 2008. Described as bright, medium red colour with aromatic fruits , licorice and spice. It is medium bodied, smooth and rich with good length.

A selection of GSM wines in the store include:

ProducerWineVintagePriceOrderQuantity
Henschke Johann's Garden Barossa GSM 2013 $60
Penfolds Bin 138 GSM 2013 $47