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26 Jul 2019 | Jessica Martinez

Wonderful Australian GSM & Grenache

In Australia, GSM means something a little different, and by different I just mean the Aussies have their own way of saying things.  GSM for us here in the States means Grenache Syrah and Mouvedre; in Australia they call Syrah Shiraz and Mouvedre Mataro.

Now that we have that cleared up, let's talk about where most of the GSMs and Grenache come from.  The biggest growing region in Australia is the Barossa Valley and they grow a LOT of Shiraz. B arossa Shiraz is known for its full body, with rich chocolate and spice notes. Grenache and Mataro are known as blending grapes in that region, with the exception of a few killer bottlings of straight Grenache.  

McLaren Vale is Australia's other main growing region for these wines.  With a Mediterranean climate possessing a clear set of season, it is great weather for Grenache.  McLaren is known for its GSM blending grapes  The Shiraz is known for its dark chocolate and licorice flavor profile with a soft rolling palate.  The Grenache has a profile of plum, mulberry, tobacco leaf, spice, and mint.

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