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.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
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.


Newer Posts Older Posts Home

2 comments:

  1. I think he went to hide behind your couch! LOL!

    ReplyDelete
  2. G'day Joey. I couldn't agree with you more. The wine is great to drink everyday. Soft tannins and a beautiful finish. A variety of spices and flavours - love the chocolate especially. Good review Joey.
    Tony

    ReplyDelete

Labels

*SPONSORED* ABriefHistoryOf Abruzzo Agiorgitiko Aglianico Airen Albarino Aleatico Alsace Apothic Argentina Armagnac Australia Austria Baco Barbera Beaujolais beer Best Of biodynamic blend blog Bogati Bonarda book Bordeaux Brachetto brandy Bulgaria Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon California Campania Canada cans Cape Cod Carignan Carmenere Cava certification Chablis Chalk Hill Champagne Chardonnay cheese Chenin Blanc Chianti Chile China Cinsault cocktails Cognac Colombard Columbia Valley Cotes-du-Rhone Counoise Croatia CSW Dane Cellars dessert wine Distill Wars Dona Blanco Dunnigan Hills Falanghina February Fiano Folle Blanche formulas France Franciacorta Frankovka Furmint Galicia Galilee Gamay Garganega Gascony Germany gin Glera Godello Graciano Greece Grenache Grenache Blanc Gros Manseng Gruner Veltliner GSM guest blog Heroes history how to Hungary Israel Italy Japan Jerez Kansas kosher Lambrusco Languedoc-Roussillon Left Coast Lisboa Livermore Lodi Loire love letter Macon Madeira Malbec Malvasia Marsanne Marselan Massachusetts Matchbook Mavrud Mazuelo Melnik Mencia Mendocino Mendoza Meritage Merlot Mexico Michigan mixology Montepulciano Moscato Mosel Mourvédre Muscat mythology Napa Navarra Nebbiolo Nero d'Avola New York New Zealand news Norello Mascalese Oregon organic original meme pairings Palestine Pecorino Petit Verdot Petite Sirah Petite Verdot photo gallery phylloxera Picpoul Piedmont Pinot Blanc Pinot Gris/Grigio Pinot Meunier Pinot Noir Pinotage Pliny Port Portugal Press Release Primitivo product Prosecco Provence quickie quote rakia recipe retail problems Retsina review Rheingau Rhone Ribera del Duero Riesling Rioja Rondinella rose Roussanne Rueda rum Russian River Sagrantino Sake Sangiovese Sangria Sauvignon Blanc science Sekt Seyval Blanc Sherry Sonoma South Africa Spain spark Sparkling spirits storage study sulfites sustainable SWE Syrah Tannat Tempranillo Tequila Texas Tinta Amarela Torrontes Touriga Nacional Traminer Trebbiano Turkey Tuscany Ugni Blanc Umbria USA Valdiguié Valpolicella Veneto Verdejo Verdicchio Vermentino Vermouth Vernacca Vidal Blanc video Vinho Verde Viognier Virginia Viura vodka Washington State whiskey White zinfandel Willamette wine Wine Bloggers Off-Topic wine club Wine Pick Zinfandel Zweigelt