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January 2010


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Aussie GSM

January 6, 2010

JimThe Selection International Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre (shortened to Aussie GSM) was an interesting wine kit to make up. I really enjoy a blended wine for its variety of aromas and tastes. I started the wine on Oct 10th, 2009 and the aroma coming off the juice as I poured it into the primary fermentor was very ‘grapey’ with at least 4 different aromas that I could identify.

The filtering went well, and the bottling was an enjoyable event as the aroma coming up out of the bottles was fantastic.

Following the instructions, Stage One was very simple. The starting SG was 1.090 with a temperature of 24 C.

I arrived at Stage Two in 6 days, on Oct 16th, 2009. The fermentation was steady and slow, which I prefer. My SG reading was .998.

Stage Three took a little longer than usual due to the slow fermentation. After 13 days I finally got to two stable SG readings of .994 and moved on to the degassing. Using the wine whip, I degassed the wine in the instructed 3 minutes – but that whip is so much fun I kept going for a few more minutes!

On Nov 12th, 2009 I racked the wine over to a clean carboy and topped up with water.

I bottled the wine on Dec 4th 2009. I filtered the wine so we can taste the wine and pass our opinions on to our customers… Ok, Ok, I just wanted to drink it early…

The Aussie GSM on first tasting after bottling had an interesting aroma and the colour was a nice medium red. The taste was very young (I would give it at least 3-6 months of aging). I was surprised by the taste of the wine because the Shiraz was obvious, but it was not the predominate taste – the Grenache and Mourvedre were also very evident.

On first tasting it’s evident this will smooth out with aging. I would personally age this wine for one year and enjoy all the proper flavors that this will develop. If you can’t wait a year at least make sure you can enjoy a bottle or two after 6 months. Your patience will pay off.

Because I plan my cellar needs in advance and have patience, I am actually able to wait about a year to drink my wines – my definition of patience is “enough wine to drink until the next kit is aged”.

Here is Winexpert’s description of the wine:

The blending of these three grapes is a classic, originating in the South of France where Côtes du Rhone and Chateauneuf du Pape concentrate on these varieties. The small, thick skinned berries are deep blue-black in colour, high in extract, flavour, aroma and tannin.

 Grenache also thrives in hot climates and warm soils, producing deep purple, sugar-rich, burly ripe fruit, it offers a cornucopia of dense, lusty aromas and flavours of black cherry, blackcurrant, jam, pepper and liquorice with an explosively mouth filling texture and deceptively heady alcohol.

Mourvèdre also favours a warm climate and abundant. The tiny berries are deep blue-violet in colour, with extremely thick skins and high sugars, acidity, colour and tannin, making Mourvèdre an excellent contributor of structure and density in the blend. Mourvèdre is an especially good foil for Grenache’s lusher, low-acid, and low-tannin fruit. The three grapes together make for a blend of length, power, and fruitiness and above all, balanced intensity of flavour.

This wine will benefit from ageing and will pair well with beef, lamb, barbequed ribs and grilled pork chops.



Manager (Wine Sense- Springfield)

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