a glass of sieber road gsm please

September 4, 2011  |  wine review

The quarterly dozen of goodies came through from Cloudwine a couple of weeks ago. One of my pet aversions is regular dozens that turn up “wine club style” – despatches over which you have no control, and which are often padded with slow sellers. Well, I’ve made one exception, because Chris and his team serve up interesting, quality, value entries that are not found in the big box retailers. Subscribers also have the ability to tailor the styles according to preference.

It was a surprise and a pleasure to open the 2007 Sieber Road Grenache (42%), Shiraz (40%) Mouvedre (18%), as part of the latest pack. The only problem is that it came after I published the latest list of fine Australian wines under $20, because this one would have made it. At $15 by the dozen at cellar door, it’s excellent value and right in the sweet spot for my blog. Check the vintage though as this reviewed wine is a 2007 vintage from Cloudwine for $20.

Sieber Road is in the western Barossa – close to Seppeltsfield – and cropped low by Ben Sieber for more intense flavour. The GSM is a mouthful of exploding fruit. Although the GSM blend is the classic style from the southern Rhone, the French would be astonished at the succulent fruit and power of this little Barossan beauty. At 15% alcohol, it’s a big wine but not unbalanced. It opens with sweet, plummy fruit, fills the palate with spices and mocha, and has sufficient length to make the total experience a drinking pleasure. I’ve given it a weighty 92 points, which at $15 is a true bargain.

Note – just tasted this wine again – day 2, 24 hours breathing. Not as impressed. Brown tinges, fruit more jammy and not as lively. Not a wine to cellar. Tonight 90, night one 92.

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