SCHWARZ WINE COMPANY GSM Grenache Shiraz Mataro, Barossa Valley
This sturdy blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro shows these Barossa varieties at their best. It displays cherry, raspberry and spice, plus floral, licorice, and some earthy characters. It’s a medium-bodied, juicy wine with gentle tannin grip, succulence and savouriness. The finish is fresh and long. Exact proportions of the three varieties vary from year to year but are typically 50% Grenache, 30% Shiraz and 20% Mataro.
Grenache contributes lighter, red fruit flavours as well as perfume and spice; Shiraz adds rich fruit flavours and structure; while Mataro brings earthy and spicy elements and texture to the mix. The three varieties mesh together seamlessly, offering an elegant expression of the blend that is quite Pinot Noir-like. The three varieties ripen at different times -- Shiraz first, then Grenache, followed by Mataro -- which usually means individual fruit parcels are fermented separately and tucked away in barrels as single varietals, with the final blend coming together well after vintage.
"From ‘diverse' pockets' in the region. A sturdy blend with the dual advantage of 14% oak and the '17 vintage, both given the Barossa Valley treatment that gives way to no-one."
92 points, Wine Companion (December 2018)
"Spice, dried herb, juicy red fruits, a little stalk in with the red liquorice. Fresh, sappy and spicy, red fruits, some tang and orange peel bitterness, cherry and red fruits and a bright finish, tinged with herbs and good length. Tasty."
92 points, The Wine Front (November 2018)
"A rich yet very fresh red with juicy fruit, spices and hints of plums and prunes. Medium body. Savory finish. Dusty texture."
92 points, jamessuckling.com (June 2019)
"It is splendidly perfumed on the nose showing mixed berry compote, dark plum, violet, thyme and toasted almond characters with a touch of gamey complexity. The palate is succulent and plump, displaying excellent weight and intensity, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and supple tannins, leading to a lingering delectable finish."
94 points, Wine Orbit (November 2018)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.