2018 Soul Garden GSM
Varietal: A delicate yet silky southern Rhonish blend of 90% Grenache, 5% Shiraz and 5% Mataro
Region: Clare Valley
Vineyards: Crafted from three different vineyard sites; an old block of Grenache in Leasingham planted back in 1955, the Shiraz from a twenty-year-old dry grown vineyard in Watervale, and a small parcel of dry-farmed Mataro from the hills on the eastern side of Penwortham.
Season Report: A long, dry, initially warmer growing season leading up to harvest with a few bursts of extreme heat during January and February. That thankfully cooled off during the latter part of February providing the Grenache a new lease on life. Harvest started in the third week of February for the Shiraz and finished with the Mataro in late April.
Winemaking: Made in a Joven style, which generally means that the wine has been made to be enjoyed whilst young and lively. All parcels were vinified and kept separate throughout the process until final assemblage and bottling occurred in September of the same year. The Grenache was held in seasoned French hogsheads for three months to impart a subtle creaminess and fullness to the palate. The Shiraz and Mataro remaining is stainless steel.
Cellaring: Can be enjoyed now whilst young and fresh or will continue to improve for a further three to five years.
Tasting Notes: The flavours of dark cherries, red fruits, and kitchen spices dominate the nose and palate with subtle French oak influences rounding out this very appealing wine.
Food Pairing Suggestion: Enjoy with lighter foods, cheeses, charcuterie, and ploughman’s platters or simply on its own.