Barossa Valley – Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre (GSM)
GSM’s are all about hedgerow fruit- blackberry, mulberry, blueberry – as well as savoury tones that cover licorice, tar, leather and cloved spice. These two and three varietal blends display a rich tapestry of flavours and textures.
Not to be missed: Langmeil Three Gardens GSM. The blend of 43% Shiraz, 37% Grenache and 20% Mourvèdre shows great balance and integrated structure, with full, ripe fruit, supported by firm but fine tannins. Flavours of cherries and blackberries dominate, with hints of chocolate and spice.
James Halliday’s 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2009 Australian Wine Companion has rated Langmeil Winery five stars, placing it amongst the very top echelon of Australian Wineries.
Adelaide Hills – Sauvignon Blanc
There is something wonderfully unpretentious about Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc – the flavours are so zingy and vibrant. Fresh, fragrant and aromatic, yet crisp and perfect on a summer’s day with fresh oysters and prawns. Delicious!
Clare Valley – Riesling
With great dollops of lemon zest and pithy sherbet, Clare Valley Riesling delivers a jolt of teeth jangling acidity when young. As it ages, complex characters of minerality and white pepper spice emerge.
Eden Valley – Riesling
Eden Valley Rieslings really come into their own with bottle age. Along the way, signature flavours of lime zest are always prominent, along with a delicate textured finish that many liken to talcum powder!
Not to be missed: Cascabel Riesling. “Initial sniff, it seems like textbook limes. Give it a breathe, and you realise how complex, but austere, sullen and reserved it really is, and how much it will eventually give. It smells like a bowl of citrus and it made me salivate for a gin and tonic. It’s incredibly tight, with pithy citric tannin and that slaty dryness of its terroir. Give it 20 years if you wish. 94 points” – Philip White, The Adelaide Advertiser ‘Top 100 Wines’.
Click on ‘Australia’s Regional Heroes’ tag below, to view previous posts.
Content used with permission from Wine Australia.