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14% | AUSTRALIA

The Strapper in thoroughbred parlance is the reliable and trustworthy member of the team - not generally in the limelight. The Strapper, Barossa Valley GSM is not the showy type,...
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The Strapper in thoroughbred parlance is the reliable and trustworthy member of the team - not generally in the limelight. The Strapper, Barossa Valley GSM is not the showy type, rather the wine that the winemakers drink, when they’re not having a Riesling or an ale. Authentic Barossa Shiraz is sandwiched between the understated fragrant perfume of Grenache and the earthy, rustic tannins of Mataro - a well bred, strapping and savoury wine.

Deep garnet in colour, this is a wine of many layers. It shows licorice, blackberry and plum, supported by notes of sandalwood and white pepper. A robust palate, full of chocolate and juicy Satsuma plum with a gravely tannin finish.

The gsm blend is a stalwart of the Barossa. The three red varieties have been planted in the region for nearly 170 year and in this time were commonly blended together to make fortified “tawny port” styles. After the Second World War the same blend started to become popular. ‘Grenache Shiraz Mataro’ is a bit of a mouthful - hence the birth of the colloquial ‘GSM’.

The 2012/13 growing season opened with a drier than average winter, followed by a much drier than average spring and summer. These conditions produced lighter weighted crops with much smaller bunches and berries that were full of flavour. Although the summer was warm, it was without extremes and the nights were relatively cool, helping to maintain the freshness, the aromatics and a pristine fruit profile.

The three GSM varieties are picked separately for this wine and fermented in small batches - some in oak vats and some in stainless steel. The subsequent wine is aged in a mixture of large oak vats, small oak vats, puncheons and smaller oak barrels, to allow it to develop without the influence of a lot of oak flavour but to increase in textures and complexity.

Delicious with BBQ T-bone steak and seasoned wedges.

Key Facts

Size
75cl
Grapes
Grenache/Garnacha and Mourvedre/Monastrell/Mataro and Shiraz/Syrah
Country
Australia
Region
Barossa Valley
Vintage
2013
ABV %
14%
Organic
No
Vegan
No

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