2015 Rusty Mutt rocky ox GSM

2015 rusty mutt gsm

100% McLaren Vale

Grenache 66%, Shiraz 21%, Mataro 13%

Harvested March / April 2014
Alcohol 14.5% v/v, pH 3.25, T/A 6.84g/L, R/S 2.0g/L

The GSM blend is an ‘Australian-ised’ version of the French Cotes du Rhone blend. This blend is all about youth, freshness, spice and complexity with very little oak influence.

The name ‘rocky ox’ comes from my daughter. She is an ‘Earth Ox’ in the Chinese Astrological calendar, so I thought it was fitting as Grenache can show some fantastic earthiness as it develops.

The individual ferments were all hand plunged and basket-pressed in order to release their full aroma and flavour potential. Only one vineyard batch of Grenache and Mataro went into this blend, along with a barrel selection of spicy Shiraz to complement the style.  After ferment, the wines were matured in 5 year old French oak puncheons and hogsheads, and were blended after about 8 months maturation then returned to oak to maximise the fruit intensity while providing the subtle complexities that natural barrel aging brings. After a further 4 months maturation it was racked and bottled (unfiltered) with a screw cap closure to preserve the intensity and freshness of this exciting wine.

An amazingly vibrant and youthful colour, full of purples with great depth. The first characters that jump out are fresh cherry and pepper. Nice meaty notes of plum, liquorice and violets come through as the wine opens up in the glass. Although young, the palate is initially quite smooth and welcoming and begins to show its depth and structure with time in the mouth. Fresh berry fruits, spice and earth fill the palate, and fine tannin and clean acidity bring it to a lively and savoury finish.

Enjoy with a fancy pub burger, Italian sausages, Neapolitan pizza and roast lamb shoulder.

— Scott Heidrich, Winemaker