Jun 04 2010

Australian Apprenticeship

How’s your palate when it comes to GSMs? Don’t know what a GSM is? Here at Just Grapes, we can help!

On June 17, we’re hosting a Wines of Australia class, where you’ll taste the distinctive Australian blend of Grenache, Shriaz, and Mourvèdre (GSM), plus amazing Australian Chardonnays, Sauvignon Blancs, Cabernets, and much more (including the two wines below!)

For only $25, you can join us from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m, and leave with a deeper knowledge of grapes grown “down under.” So the next time someone says, “Australia? Isn’t that where kangaroos, Kylie Minogue, and Crocodile Dundee come from?” You can smile with confidence, and ask them what their favorite GSM is.

2007 D’Arenberg “Custodian” Grenache, McLaren Vale, South Australia [$15.99]

D’Arenberg’s next tier of reds begins with the 2007 The Custodian Grenache. It is dark ruby-colored with a perfumed nose of spice box and cherry. Sweetly fruited and juicy, it closely resembles a high level Cotes du Rhone. On the palate, it is a bit leaner and racier in style than the past few vintages. With excellent grip and balance, it can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years. 89 Pts – Robert Parker

2004 Penley Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia [$27.99]

Dense ruby. Powerful, deeply scented bouquet of blackberry, cassis, plum compote and dark chocolate; a bit youthfully brooding today. Fat and supple, with concentrated dark berry and cherry flavors and an array of pungent herbs and dusty minerals. There’s terrific sweetness and sappy texture here: this is clearly built for positive evolution over the coming decade. Reminds me of a high-end Bordeaux on the sweet, expansive, impressively long finish. Serious stuff! 92 Pts – Robert Parker

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