YALUMBA THE STRAPPER GRENACHE SHIRAZ MATARO 2013
‘Not the showy type but rather the wine that wine makers drink’. The Strapper is a term used mainly in Australia for the person in charge of looking after the racehorses – a trustworthy and reliable member of the team. The name is very fitting for this Barossa Valley Shiraz blended with Grenache and Mataro grapes by Yalumba. My immediate reaction was that this is a good honest Aussie red. These wine varieties have been planted in the Barossa region for 170 years, commonly blended to make tawny port in the past, then, following WWII, the blend became popular as a table wine with blend commonly referred to as GSM.
Deep garnet in colour, this is a wine of many layers. It shows liquorice, blackberry and plum, supported by notes of sandalwood and white pepper. A robust palate, full of chocolate and juicy Satsuma plum with a gravely rustic tannin finish, make it a great accompaniment to BBQ T-bone and seasoned wedges.
An interesting wine, quite different and good honest Aussie – definitely worth trying
Price range $18-$22