PALS June - August 2020

5 BLEASDALE ʻFRANK POTTSʼ A Cabernet dominant blend, layered and complex with red berry and darker fruit aromas, notably blackcurrant, plum and lifted violets. These characters continue onto the palate, with floral and fruit layers supported by fine oak tannin and lively berry fruit persistence.. $27.99 per bottle JERICHO GSM The focus of this wine is the Grenache (87%) with the other varieties adding structure and complexity to the overall blend. Whole bunch fermentation gives the wine its vibrant red berry characteristics. Careful use of Shiraz, 10%, adds structure to the wine and the Mourvedre, 3%, adds spiciness. $23.99 per bottle STONE BRIDGE CABERNET MALBEC 80% Cabernet and 20% Malbec. The Malbec lends floral notes of violets and rose petals to the wine and moderates the more pronounced, drying Cabernet tannins. The full-bodied palate shows hints of chocolate, blackberries and a touch of mint. $17.99 per bottle MARS NEEDS MALBEC A pretty, medium bodied wine with beautiful aromatics. Floral, fruity with hints of under lying earthiness. It’s the type of wine that you set out to enjoy a bottle of and before you know it, you’re already reaching for another. $14.99 per bottle THISTLEDOWN ʻGORGEOUSʼ GRENACHE Aromatic, deceptively light but with beautiful wild fruit, and slurpy, supple tannins. The perfumed nose has hints of violets and wild strawberry, leading into a succulent palate with juicy plums and cherries while the finish is savoury and moreish. $17.99 per bottle MAX & ME ʻTHE HOUSE BLENDʼ Deep rich mahogany red with a solid core. An inviting nose of rich and fresh Cabernet blackcurrant, milk chocolate, Eden Valley violets, fine cedar and red fruits. The palate features generous Shiraz richness and terrific flavour drive. $37.99 per bottle TORZI MATTHEWS GSM Lifted aromas of sweet blue and red fruits, violets, dark chocolate mocha and a hint of chinotto. A full weighted wine with lovely sweet chocolate fruit, currants, dried herbs and a nice hint of peppery spice. Fine boned tannins and driving acid perfectly support this powerhouse of a Barossan GSM. $24.99 per bottle Juicy Others Sure the big hitters and more well known varieties of Cabernet and Shiraz tend to dominate the headlines when it comes to discussions around some of our greatest wines, but there is a plethora of other varieties that are now starting to mount a case of their own about what is best. And that is before we even get to the point of looking at the finer art of blending where winemakers are creating wines that are well and truly greater than the sum of their individual parts. So next time you’re looking for something just a little different, perhaps consider one of these…

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