We vinified the three components of this blend separately, allowing us to adjust the final blend to create the best structure. We had been intending to make a GSM, but we found the Shiraz-dominant blend worked better (the excess Grenache found a home in our Tempranillo).
The result is a light wine with a beautifully structured palate - generous dark-fruited Shiraz, spice & cherry-like sweetness of Grenache and the fragrance, backbone and savoury edge of Mourvèdre.
Drink to 2028. Winemaker: Alex McKay. 13.2% alc.
Gold Medal - 2018 Canberra Wine Show
"55% shiraz (Best's Old Block clone), 36% grenache, 9% mourvedre, 25% whole bunch, matured in a mix of new and used French oak. Light, bright crimson; light-bodied, but has a perfumed bouquet of red berries/cherries and a fresh palate with no off characters whatsoever. Finishes with silky tannins."
James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion
"It’s a pretty wine, a floral wine, a spicy one and a satiny one. That last point is interesting given that in general you’d say that it’s been built on acidity, as many of the best-drinking reds tend to be. It offers cloves and red-black cherry flavours, woodsmoke, twiggy herbs, a clear and fresh earthiness. Tannin is ultra-fine in its grain though it’s still in the process of integrating; it will do, and already largely is. This characterful red from Canberra is drinking well now but its best is ahead of it. I like what I’m seeing out of Quarry Hill. Fresh, clean, interesting reds of elegant design."
Campbell Mattinson - Winefront
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