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2021 Estate Blend GSM
The 2021 Estate Blend is produced from grapes grown on the Lloyd Brothers McLaren Vale Estate. A blend of Grenache (65%) hand-picked from the bush vines located a few steps from our winery, Shiraz (30%) from Block 9 and Manor Block which are well suited to this style with lovely bright red fruit and a hint of dark chocolate. A small percentage of estate bush vine Mourvèdre (5%) adds some spice and lift to the blend. Each variety was picked and fermented separately in small open fermenters, then pressed to seasoned French oak. After 9 months the best barrels were selected to create the Estate Blend GSM.
93 points Halliday Wine Companion
“65/30/5% grenache/shiraz/mourvèdre. I’d like to see more of the latter to confer savouriness, more tannin and less obvious fruit. Plenty rich and lively, though. Delicious, if not a bit sweet, with the whole-bunch element imparting briar, cardamon and clove to serve as a restraining order on kirsch, lilac and spiced plum.” Ned Goodwin MW
93 points The Real Review Ranked #2 of 18 Grenache Blends 2021 McLaren Vale
“Deep, rich purple-red colour, the nose similarly deep and rich, ripe and concentrated, dried flowers and violets, star anise and black plum, leading into a plush palate with loads of fleshy extract and extra concentration. Excellent balance, ample tannins being absolutely warranted by the power of the flavour. Drinks well even at this tender age.” Huon Hooke
93 points JamesSuckling.com