St John’s Road Motley Bunch GMS (Grenache, Mataro & Shiraz) 2017
Great collaboration is like an orchestra – it doesn’t work if everyone plays the same part. The magic happens when a bunch of seeming misfits, fit together seamlessly, to create perfection. It’s Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti. Cobain, Noveselic and Grohl. It’s Snap, Crackle and Pop.
Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz are three of the great red grape varieties that are cornerstone to the Barossa’s red winemaking pedigree. A traditional style using classic Barossa grape varieties, we looked for structure and integration of flavours. Grenache provides the sumptuous savoury, spice and fragrance, and a gentle earthiness and leather with age. Mataro contributes deeper gamier flavours and flesh to the palate whilst Shiraz acts as a strong foundation to the blend, giving colour and structure.
Enticing aromatics of plush red fruits. Strawberry, red currant and raspberry. A hint of sweet spice. Fresh, lush fruits are well balancedl with savory notes of earth, cedar and sandalwood spice. Firm tannins and a fine line of acidity create a deliciously moreish finish. Good for cellaring of 5-10 years. We enjoyed this bottle with John Legend’s Ordinary people playing in the background. We couldn’t be more satiated (:
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
2017 Motley Bunch GMS: 92 points – Angus Hughson – 20/04/2020
The Barossan Grenache blend is going through a purple patch right now with anything that includes Grenache more popular than ever before. But it is not just the Grenache that counts with a generous splash of Mataro in these blends, with its slightly feral edge, adding plenty of interest. And that is exactly what you’ll find in this blend from St John’s Road. The wine opens with typically generous Grenache fruits. Some sweet dark cherry that is backed by attractive baked earth, aged meat and spice. The wine is full-bodied, fleshy and generous on the palate with some well balanced coconut scented oak and supple tannins. A moreish and very easy to drink Barossan blend.
2017 Motley Bunch GMS: 4.5 stars – John Lewis – 20/04/2020
This vegan-friendly Barossa Valley blend of grenache, mataro (aka mourvedre) and shiraz comes from the WD Wines’ St John’s Road brand and the back label explains that the mix of this motley bunch of varieties is like an orchestra in which everyone plays the right tune. “Magic happens when a bunch of seeming misfits fit together seamlessly to create perfection” it declares. The wine has 14.5% alcohol, but certainly is a harmonious drop, ruby hued, forest floor-scented and with spiced blackberry front-palate flavour. The middle palate displays Morello cherry, black olive, cloves and savoury oak and the finish has minty tannins. Serve with roast pork and cellar for four years.