Our Chateauneuf du Pape blend has proved popular since its first vintage in 2011. Usually Grenache dominant, the 2016 has Mourvedre in the front seat (46%) with decreasing quantities of Grenache, Shiraz, Cinsault, Counoise and Roussanne. 100% whole berry ferments, 11 months in older French oak puncheons.
It “tastes nothing like a South Australian GSM”. Them’s fighting words from Tim Kirk. In the past Clonakilla’s Ceoltoiri has been grenache dominant; this release puts things in favour of mourvedre, with grenache, shiraz, cinsault, counoise and roussanne all contributing. It’s all whole berries and older oak.
Exaggerated riffs of deli meat and spice run headlong into the pretty attraction of aniseed and florals.
It’s a case of hook, line and sinker from the outset.
It looks light in the glass but there’s ample cherry-berried fruit and enough personality to fill a room. There’s acid, there’s tannin, both presented without compromise, and yet neither get in the way. This is, simply, a treat of a wine.
Medium to light red/purple colour, quite pale for this style of wine, while the bouquet is tremendously perfumed and charming. There's a wonderful mix of floral and fruit scents with raspberry, strawberry, mint and fragrant balsamic herbs uppermost.
this is a powerful, flavoursome GSM style
The palate is intense and rich, warm - with no shortage of alcohol - as well as generous in focused, very aromatic fruit. Oak is barely apparent at all and the tannins are light and smooth, while adding just enough structure. Don't be misled by the colour: this is a powerful, flavoursome GSM style.
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