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.
The nose is a true reflection of the three varieties in this blend. Powerful aromas of summer berries, black cherry and inviting Christmas cake spice.
The palate demonstrates all of the hallmarks of this world famous blend. Our 2018 Switch GSM is bursting with luscious red berry flavours that are enhanced by assertive, youthful tannins.
Selected from two parcels of Grenache, four parcels of Shiraz and one parcel of Mourvèdre all from different micro climates in McLaren Vale. The two Grenache parcels come from two separate vineyards near Aldinga. The first provides brooding dark fruit with strong structural tannins, the second Grenache which is closer to Willunga produces more red fruit and finer tannins. The Shiraz parcels for this blend were selected for their brighter fruit profiles. The Mourvedre was selected from our own vineyard near McLaren Flat and shows spicy lift and structural tannins.
Crushed to Open fermenters with hand plunging 3 times daily. Fermented on skins for 10 days then pressed directly to 10% new French oak and the balance to seasoned French oak. All parcels of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre are kept separate until final blending after 12 months in oak.
Region: McLaren Vale
Variety: Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre
Harvest Dates: 25th February – 16th March
Bottling Date: 31st August 2019
Cellaring: Drink 2019-2029
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