Pirramimma Ironstone GSM 2016
- Rich, full-bodied
- McLaren Vale
This is the first GSM in Pirramimma’s Ironstone range. The grapes come off the 75-year-old War Horse vineyard in the Vale. These are gnarly old dry grown vines that have to push their roots through two layers of ironstone (hence the name) to reach their nutrients. This causes extremely low yields and an extremely high concentration of flavour. The blend is 60% grenache, 35% shiraz and 5% mourvèdre. On the nose you’ll find mulberry, plum, blackberry and nutmeg, while the palate adds raspberry, cranberry, blood plum and pomegranate. The wine is concentrated but nuanced, lively but dark in fruit. Not too shabby for grapes off some old gnarly vines.
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- McLaren Vale
- Alcohol by Vol.
- Bottle Vol
- Blend Info
- 60% Grenache, 35% Shiraz and 5% Mourvedre
- Serving Temp.
McLaren Vale is a region that lives in the shadow of the hype of the Barossa. While it has played on Shiraz as its drawcard, and continues to battle (quite rightly) with the supreme power of the Barossa, perhaps the most exciting wines from this region are its old vine Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre/Monastrell - whatever you want to call it), and its more recent foray into Spanish and Italian varietals. Both the sun's warmth and the reliable salty afternoon gully breeze make the climate closer to Mediterranean than many other Aussie regions, and some of the Fiano, Vermentino, Tempranillo and Sangiovese from here are sublime (to name only a few). Awareness, proper consideration and sense of place are key attributes to the region's success, and its recent win against urbanisation reinforces the value of the viticultural region.