Wild and Wilder The Unforgettable GSM 2021
A fine example of this famous Rhone blend with 45% Grenache, 35% Shiraz and 20% Mataro. The vineyards providing the fruit are a mix from Langhorne Creek and some of the oldest vineyards in the Riverland. The Grenache undergoes a gentle crush and then to an open fermenter with twice-daily pumpovers. It then enjoys an extended period on skins before it is pressed to mature in French oak. To this are added the Shiraz and Mataro components and the final blend sees another four months in older French oak.
Deep garnet in colour, the nose is an appealing array of black fruits, truffles, aniseed, leather and warm earth. It is ripe and generous on the palate with soft tannins. The wine is of mid-length, though there is a lovely lingering note on the finish which should provide pleasure over the next three years.