Country: Australia, Barossa Valley
Tasting Notes: “I was dreaming when I wrote this, so forgive me if it goes astray…” We work hard at Diggers, some say I just make it hard, but we are not lazy so I am going to call this Grenache, Mataro, Shiraz not G.M.S. There are a lot of these about, but the beauty of making wine is everyone does it differently and this is that, different. The Grenache vines are original Barossa clone. Hand pruned and dry grown. I planted a good portion of these vines myself off a section of vineyard we called the land of the giants. Grenache thrives in Barossa conditions and because this variety bud bursts early and, ripens late in the season, it has a long ripening period and this creates a very floral fruit flavour. We then take Mataro and Shiraz, another hearty variety, blend to taste and voila, the Stray Dog! The nose on this wine, reminds me of what a good, old, underground cellar should smell like. If you can give this wine time to open, the floral Grenache comes through to the nose. The mouth feel of this wine, is strikingly similar to green banana. The Mataro component, provides a good tannic finish.
Varietal: Blend of Grenache, Mataro & Shiraz