2015 Shanahans ‘The Barking Dog’ Grenache Shiraz Mataro

Grenache Shiraz Mataro (or Mourvèdre) blends, GSMs for short, are not to be approached in a blasé or perfunctory fashion by winemakers these days.  They are becoming quite the ‘go to’ wines when it comes to adaptability for a variety of foods and occasions.  From  Barbeques to a Beef Bourguignon, GSMs are the perfect ‘pick it up and pour it for the people’ wines.

This example, beautifully crafted by John Harris, will definitely be a crowd pleaser.  Let me tell you why.

The colour is pretty amazing for this blend.  It’s quite a deep purple with cherry red rim that speaks of its youth.

It smells rich, juicy and down-right delicious.  Blackberries and dark cherries I reckon but almost a little sweetness coming through… raspberry like.  This certainly bodes well for what’s in store.

Pure drinking pleasure!  The blackberries and dark cherries turn up for this part of the show, palate coating plums too along with a flick of fennel and spice.  The tannins are soft and velvety providing the ideal accompaniment to the better than medium weight palate and delightfully surprising (and I don’t mean this is bad way) long finish.  I knew this was going to bring a smile to the dial and that was before I saw the price.

Shanahans Wines Website

Region: Barossa Valley, SA     Price: $20 (Bargain!)     Source: On Line Purchase (of sorts)





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