Yalumba “The Strapper” (South Australia)

Yalumba “The Strapper”  South Australia / $15.99 / 2010/ 14% alc GSM blend (Grenache, Shiraz & Mataro)

WS 2010 91 Smooth w/ ripe cherry, orange peel & spice flavs, finishing w/ integrity & intensity. A blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro – GSM. Drink now thru 2016. Winemaker Notes Aged in oak to allow the wines to develop & increase in textures & complexity. Grenache, Shiraz & Mataro from Barossa vineyards & show vibrancy & depth of fruit.  http://www.yalumba.com/

 

The strapper is a reliable, behind the scenes member of a horseracing team in thoroughbred parlance, a face you’re unlikely to see in the limelight of a spring carnival. The Strapper GSM is not the showy type either; rather it’s a favorite tipple of the winemakers themselves, when they’re not imbibing in a chilled Riesling or icy ale. Yalumba are very excited about this old world style of Barossa, a third of Shiraz is sandwiched between the understated fragrant perfume of Grenache and the earthy, rustic tannins of Mataro, a well-bred, strapping and savory wine

Parcels of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro which can best display the requisite vibrancy and depth of fruit so essential to the GSM style are collated from good Barossa vineyards, separately picked and individually fermented in small batches, some in oak vats and some in tank. Components are aged in a mixture of large and small oak vats, puncheons and smaller oak barrels, allowing parcels to develop without the influence of a lot of oak flavor, while forming texture and increasing complexity. Matured two months in a combination of seasoned American, French and Hungarian oak hogsheads.

TASTING NOTES

Deep dark garnet color. A rich nose of brambles, pepper and spice, a hint of five spice complexity over a background of chocolate coffee oak. Layered and supple palate well spiced red and black berry fruits are drizzled with chocolate. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro fruit characters blend harmoniously in the bottle and glass. Aromatic violet/ plum/ currant fruits and refreshing purple berry acids persist, the Strapper finishes long and lingering on a note of rustic but velvet textured tannins. A delicious accompaniment to slowly braised cuts of beef or shanks of lamb, garnished by smoky bacon and served alongside roast root vegetables

Yalumba’s new foray into the world of classic red Rhone blends. Quite a different beast to the old ’Hand Picked MGS’, this one is more frivolous in packaging and style. Never underestimate the value of frivolity. 38% Grenache, 32% Shiraz, 30% Mataro.  A somewhat dense nose of spice, earth and tar alongside black, red and blue berries. It’s ‘The United Colors of Benneton’ in terms of fruit profile. Sweetly scented cinnamon is joined by a cavalcade of brown baking spices on the palate. Juicy but nimble with some appropriately grainy, chocolate tannin. There’s even a bucolic, dried herb aftertaste. One for the people but by no means dumb.

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