2018 GSM

2018 Grenache Syrah Mataro

This classic southern Rhone blend bursts with aromas of mulberry and cherry confection over notes of fragrant violets and myrtle pepper. The inclusion of a high percentage of whole clusters in this stellar vintage provides extra lift to the nose with sweetened chai spice aromas, perfectly balanced by a touch of dry herbs and savoury jamon. The palate is initially juicy and sweet, combining crunchy red plums and red liquorice from the Grenache, with Syrah and Mataro adding structure, spice and savouriness. The finish is persistent with layers of cocoa, coffee liqueur and a frame of firm but fine tannins.


"Love the style of this wine. Most (black) peppery, most clovey, lots of nuts and roasted goodness, but also fresh, well-ripened, silken berried fruit and a fine-grained spread of tannin to boot. Perfectly balanced, littered with woodsy spice notes, the epitome of finesse all round" 
Score 94/100 - Campbell Mattinson,The Wine Front 2019

"Has a beautiful aromatic perfume of the granache. Pomegranite with spicy rasberry and light plum. Gorgeous. Whole bunch on grenache which is 85 per cent of the blend.The grainy tannins have a slightly powdery character. Love the structure and the fruit qualities. A real breakthrough wine. Has a touch of roussanne in there too to lift the spice."
Score 96/100 Ray Jordan, The West Australian Wine Guide 2020

"There’s a really fragrant kick here with notes of fresh, strawberry and raspberry purée and attractive, spicy lift. Medium body and a smooth, juicy palate that flows in soft, easygoing mode."
Score 91/100 - Nick Stock/James Suckling Margaret River Review 2020
 

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Grenache | Syrah | Mataro
Harvest Date
12 - 15th March
Acid
5.4 g/L
pH
3.7
Alcohol %
14.2
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
85% Grenache, 10% Syrah, 5% Mataro
Vineyard Notes
100% Hazel’s Vineyard - certified biodynamic in 2020. Our southernmost vineyard characterised by coarse ironstone gravel loam soil, Southern Ocean breezes, a northerly aspect and plenty of Margaret River sunshine.
Winemaker Notes
A blend of Grenache,Syrah and Mataro from our Hazel’s vineyard. Each parcel was harvested and vinified separately using wild yeast in vertical 4 tonne stone fermenters with no temperature control. Grenache was fermented with 100% whole clusters, while only 20% of the Syrah were whole clusters. Mataro was destemmed but not crushed. The fruit spent between 8-14 days on skins before being gently pressed directly into large format oak casks for malolactic fermentation in our underground cellar. The wines remained unsulphured over winter and were racked for the first time at the beginning of spring when they received a minimal sulphur addition. We blended this wine in late December and only gave it a coarse filtration before bottling.
Other Notes
Vintage Report - Preceded by perfect growing conditions in Spring, the 2018 vintage in Margaret River was one of the most classical in recent memory. 20mm of rain at the end of January was well received by our dry grown vineyards. Warm days and cool nights resulted in amazing fruit purity and flavour with balanced acid in our whites. Temperatures warmed up towards the end of March, accelerating the ripening of our reds, giving us incredible flavour concentration with optimal acid and tannin levels. The exceptional quality of our fruit resulting from this vintage has been perfectly reflected in our 2018 wines.