2017 ‘Switch’ McLaren Vale GSM


The Switch Story

The Switch story revolves around the Hazel Tree. Twigs from the Hazel tree have been long thought to provide protection from evil as well as being used for water divination. A switch is a bundle of twigs signifying the collaboration of these three varietals into one.


Tasting Notes


Deep, dark and brooding, the nose is a true reflection of the three varieties in this blend. Grenache provides darker, savoury, earthy characters. Shiraz typical red berry and plum, and the Mourvèdre spice and black pepper.


The palate demonstrates all of the hallmarks of this world famous blend. Soft and unctuous with a juicy mouthfeel, the wine is full bodied and packed with flavours of red berry and spice. Fine tannins lead to a dry and long finish perfect for food.


Selected from three parcels of Grenache, five parcels of Shiraz and one parcel of Mourvèdre all from different micro climates in McLaren Vale. The first two Grenache parcels comes from an early ripening Aldinga site giving brooding dark fruit with strong structural tannins. The second Grenache is from near Willunga which produces more red fruit and finer tannins. The Shiraz parcels vary from selected sites near Sellicks, Whites Valley, Seaview, McLaren Flat and Blewitt Springs each offering different levels of spice, dark fruit and structural tannins. The Mourvedre was selected from our own vineyard near McLaren Flat and shows spicy lift and structural tannins.


Crushed to Open fermenters with Plunging 3 x daily, fermented for 7 days on skins then pressed directly to 10% new French oak and the balance 2-4 yo French oak to complete primary ferment. All parcels of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre were kept separate until final blending after 10 months of maturation.


Region: McLaren Vale
Variety: Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre
Harvest Dates: 13th February – 22nd March
Bottling Date: 6th July 2015
Release Date: 7th August 2015
Cellaring: Drink 2015-2019

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