Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Updated Review: **** $ Yalumba Oxford Landing GSM Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvedre, South Australia, 2008 = BEST VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: "GSM" is a designation for a grenache / syrah (or shiraz) / mourvedre (or monastrell) blend, with very different stylistic characteristics depending upon where in the world it originates.  For this tasting, we are trying a GSM from South Australia, and specifically from the Murray River area of the country.  Grapes for the Oxford Landing offering are sourced from the labels own vineyard, and the wine sells at a value price.

Original tasting and review, September, 2011: This is Yalumba Oxford Landing GSM Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvedre, South Australia, 2008, finished at 14.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Oxford Landing GSM is deep burgundy in the glass, not quite opaque anywhere. 

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep cedar and red berry notes.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bold and fruitful, with bright and deep layers.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full, ripe red raspberries smack in the center of your mouth, rich and fragrant. That is layered onto a soft base of milk chocolate and red currants.  The finish sits in your mouth, held together with solid acids that bring the final seconds of deep red berries into your cheeks.  There it sits for an incredibly long time, but stays clean without any cloying sugar.

In summary: Overall, just touches a walloping four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a crazy best-value at its preposterously attractive price.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:   More red berries on the nose, almost bourbon like aromatics.  Silty, ripe red raspberries for miles on the palate.  Luxurious, with the acids toned down and becoming part of the overall experience as the sip trails off.

Updated review, over a year later,  late September, 2012:  Deep magenta now.  Bright red - almost medicinal - berries on the nose.  The raspberries on the palate remain bold and apparent, with a soft base that berries their sweet acids into your cheeks.  Holds up to its high rating and best value status.  Not showing any signs of wear at four years since vintage date. 

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