Shottesbrooke Estate GSM 2015
APPEARANCE: Deep red with a ruby hue. BOUQUET: Aromas of spicy red berry fruits and cherry combine beautifully with the subtle scent of roses to produce a complex and appealing bouquet. PALATE: The palate is ripe and juicy, showing lovely upfront characters of dark berries and aniseed, just a hint of savory, earthy spice and delightfully soft, fine grained tannins.
A wetter than usual winter in McLaren Vale was followed by far drier and warmer conditions than average, spanning from late August through to early January. Due to the unusually warm growing season, flowering began early and crops were light across the region. As a result of several small heat bursts and rain events, ripening occurred evenly across most varieties, and harvest also began early - one of the earliest on record, in fact. Overall, the quality achieved, especially with the reds, was excellent, with fruit showing great balance and depth of both color and flavor.
This wine is a blend of three classic varieties; Grenache (60%), Shiraz (30%) and Mataro (10%). Each variety that went into this blend was fermented separately before being transferred into a combination of quality French and American oak barrels. Here, it was allowed to mature and develop in flavor prior to the final blend being assembled.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy with wild mushroom risotto.