Barossa Valley Estate “GSM”

Barossa Valley Estate 2020 Barossa Valley “GSM” ($12.99)

Barossa Valley Estate "GSM"

A blend of 42% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, and 28% Mourvèdre (“GSM”) that’s Australia’s nod to France’s Southern Rhône Valley reds, this impressive value from Barossa Valley Estate is a dark reddish-purple color with a reddish edge. Ripe, appetizing strawberry and raspberry aromas show first, with hints of pomegranate and red plum peeking through. It’s dry and a bit hot on the palate – we can thank its 14.5% alcohol for that – and a very light chill might help. It’s a minor complaint in a structured, acidic flavor that follows the nose and adds spice from subtle, not overwhelming French oak. U.S. importer: Delegat USA Inc., San Francisco. (July 27, 2023)

This hearty red wine invites a match with beef or game or flavorful cheeses. It was good for a caprese pasta for us but probably would have been even happier with more hearty fare.

The winery says this wine is made to enjoy upon release but will also reward further cellaring. I wouldn’t sock it away for a decade or more, but three to five years in a good cellar might be worth a try.

It’s a very good value at’s $14 average U.S. retail,; prices under $10 at a few vendors might justify a bargain hunt.

Here’s the winery’s tech sheet on the 2021 vintage, which shouldn’t be far out of line with this 2020.

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Follow this Wine-Searcher link to read more about Barossa Valley and find listings for dozens of other wines from the region.

You’ll find more information about Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre blends at this Wine-Searcher link.

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