The lifted red fruits expected from Grenache are met with darker fruit characters and lovely spice. As the wine opens in the glass, the true depth is revealed with layers of gravelly earth, iron and graphite along with licorice and anise. There is also a pretty nuance of fresh roses and dried petals adding an elegant touch.
The palate has immediate impact with pungent, rich dark fruits and earth. The dark plum and mulberry fruit make way for rich, gritty and vibrant fruit tannins which build nicely before slowly fading to reveal oodles of spice and dark earthy fruits.
There is considerable structure, restrained power, focus and great depth focus which will ensure it ages with grace.
"Glass-staining ruby. Enticing aromas of black raspberry, pipe tobacco, licorice and incense. Lush, broad and sweet but firmly built, with an exotic candied dark fruit quality. At once deep and energetic, with strong inner-mouth perfume and excellent clarity. Finishes sweet and juicy, with a fine dusting of tannins and impressive length."
International Wine Cellar
"Chester Osborn's top selection of old-vine grenache, chiraz and mourvedre, this is dry-farmed, foot-trod and basket-pressed into a fragrant, red- and purple-fruited beauty. Mourvedre brings a sausage meat and pepperoni-like spice to the sweeter strawberry flavors of grenache. Allspice and a waxy fruit skin character add deptch to the tannins. A traditional style, pressings in Australia are meant for long aging, and this will likely be at its best ten years or more from the vintage."
Wine & Spirits
"Composed of Grenache (55%), Shiraz (38%) and Mourvedre (7%), the 2008 The Ironstone Pressings GSM has a medium garnet-purple color and rubber and tar notes giving way to black currant cordial, blackberry juice, black raspberry, star anise and dried Mediterranean herbs. Full, voluptuous and generously fruited, it has medium-firm fine-grained tannins and crisp acid to support, finishing with good persistence. Approachable now, it should drink well to 2018."
The Wine Advocate