2017 1903 Old Vines Grenache Shiraz Mataro

Old Vines GSM of Domenico Martino

Its an old single vineyard that I had cared for 10 years which is owned by Italian migrant Domenico Martino from Campania since 1966 and prior to him planted in 1903 by one of the early Barossa Valley settlers Bill Hoffmann.

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$28.00

Region Barossa Valley
Sub-Region Moppa Hill
Specified Vineyard Domenico Martino
Altitude 310 meters
Vineyard Practices Family traditional responsible farming methods with a diet of composts, native grasses & flora as ground cover, low water input and natural sprays for diseases.
Soil Complex site with white sands and iron stone shales.
Trellis System Single wire
Varietal Blends 70% Grenache 20% Shiraz 10% Mataro
Age of Vines 116 years
Alc/vol 14.0%
Closure Stelvin
Yield per Vine 2.0 ton per acre
Oak Treatment Ex white chardonnay French barrels and matured for 28 months
Total Production 7,200 bottles
Wine Making Hand picked and co fermented with 25% whole bunch, fermented naturally, basket pressed to barrel and bottled unfiltered. Expect plums, black fruits and herb aromas with delicious plump and round palate showing good plummy, earthen and spicy fruit sweetness with good fine tannin structure.

The Wine Front – Gary Walsh July 2019

Raspberry frogs, cherry, fresh mint, spicy brown sauce and dried herb. Sweetly fruited but earthy, spicy and dried herbal also, so the effect is an interesting interplay of flavours. Tannin is fine and silty, freshness, with an orange and rind twist in the aftertaste. Quite different to your average GSM.

OZWINE REVIEW ANDREW GRAHAM SEPT 2019

Here, Grenache is blended with its mates Shiraz and Mataro, though the 70% Grenache is the hero. It comes from a block at Moppa Hill tended by Domenico Martino and first planted by the Hoffmann family.

Concentrated, licoricey style, the creamy oak folded into the raspberry cola palate wandering between meaty fruit, almost spritzy acidity and then a chunky finish. Bold flavours, but at no point heavy or overwhelming. High high quality and more than just fruit – layers of meaty bunchy notes, the palate super smooth in the Torzi way, with real tannins and depth

You could – and will – pay double or triple and get much less wine. What a winner. Best drinking: Good now, better next year and a decade easy.  Would I buy it? Who wouldn’t at this price?