Sunday, January 31, 2016

Wine Review: Robert Oatley McLaren Vale 2014 GSM (Grenache Shiraz Mourvédre)

Robert Oatley McLaren Vale 2014 GSM (Grenache Shiraz Mourvédre)

For reasons I'm sure you'd understand, the wine reviews released this month were written in November and had to be done rather quickly. So you can still expect some shenanigans but not to the extent that you may be used to from me. This'll be quick and painless. Okay, maybe not painless. All of January WAS White Wine Month but that's over now. I've got one last wine for ya this month and it's a red one.

Bob Oatley sadly just died on the 11th of January. He founded Rosemount in the 1970's and since then has made many different labels all over Australia. This one is from the Robert Oatley Signature Series and it's out of McLaren Vale, South Australia.

GSM stands for one of the most classic red blends ever. Blending Grenache, Syrah and Mourvédre came out of Rhone Valley and has been replicated all over the wine world, but it's been in California and Australia where it's done best outside of Rhone itself. However, in Australia they call their Syrah by another name: Shiraz.

It's a super dark and rich reddish-purple. The first thing I get in aroma is minerality. That's followed by dark chocolate, blackberry, plums and black olives. Fantastic nose.

The palate literally made me lean back and smack the table, scaring the shit out of my dog. It's pretty much the same thing that you get off the nose but every single factor from its high acidity, intense flavor, silky smooth mouth feel, medium to heavy bodyweight, and soft tannin works perfectly together and it's just everything that you want out of a wine experience. Then it finishes with cranberries, espresso and table pepper. Amazing.

Twenty bucks? TWENTY BUCKS??? Son of a bitch, that's ridiculous! Absolutely fucking ridiculous. There's really nothing else I can say, so I'll just drop the mic and walk away.

Price: $20
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge by Baystate Wine & Spirits, and this was an unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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