Our First GSM release under the new Horse & Cart series from estate vineyards located in McLaren Vale, South Australia to Amadio Wines.

Composition:  64% Grenache  |  20% Shiraz  |  16% Merlot

Tasting Notes:  The merlot pulls the expected blueberry and chocolate covered coffee bean on the nose.  On the palate, the dark black cherry skins and rich blackberry give way to touches of smoke, bacon, red earth, and dried rose petals.  The wine is textured, yet medium bodied, with an acidity that complements food extremely well, but can stand alone just the same.

Pairings:  Smoked meats, fried chicken, stir fry, veal parmigiana, semi-soft white cheeses, Iberico ham or prosciutto, and roasted & charred broccolini

Winemaking:  The grapes are de-stemmed, leading to a softer blend on what would generally be bigger & bolder.  The grapes ferment 7-days on the skin, and the richness comes through in the mid-palate. During the fermentation, which took place in 2-tonne open top fermenters, the juice was splashed down on its own grapes twice, daily.  This helps keep everything wet and introduces oxygen to the fermentation, then aged for 9 months in a blend of both French and American oak