By Fergal Gleeson*
Véronique Old Vine GSM
Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro. Barossa Valley 2013.
Captain Ahab chased the great white whale. His obsession proved his undoing. Wine Epicureans feed their compulsion by buying a hobby winery in the Hunter Valley or hunting down the ultimate bottle of Burgundy.
Either one will turn your bank balance from black to red. However amongst the ranks of the mass affluent the search is for a great Australian red for $20. Is this possible? You can bet your Riedel glasses it is!
There are 9 million bicycles in Beijing and there’s a lot of good Shiraz in Australia so that would be the obvious place to look. Regular readers will know that we shun the obvious here!
Though there are worthy contenders, this week’s wine recommendation as one of the best for 20 bucks is not one of the 9 million bicycles. Get your hands instead on the Véronique Old Vine GSM from the Barossa. It is a real discovery.
This GSM has beautiful, ripe, silky fruit in the style of Penfolds or Teusner. The lightness of the Grenache, the dark fruit of the Shiraz and the leathery tannins of Mataro/Mouvedre show just how good this blend can be.
The secret is that the grapes are sourced from 70 year old vines and in the careful winemaking. Véronique is a small producer making just four wines- the GSM, a Shiraz, a Cabernet and a Sauvignon Blanc. Small they may be but well worth seeking out.
There is a joy to putting a wine away for a few years and watching how it develops. I wanted to do this with the Véronique. But it was so luscious and gluggable we finished the 3 bottles I’d bought within a week.
A special call out also for the back label of the wine. It says: “Véronique is our name and the wine is our soul”. Beautifully put. All this for $20 a bottle. Well really – lets just buy the winery!
Ahab wouldn’t have left port if this bottle was around – get it into you Captain….
Rating: 4/5. RRP $20. For more Wine Reviews read and follow www.greatwineblog.wordpress.com Drink and be merry!
*Finalist New Wine Writer of the Year 2016- WCA Gourmet Traveller WINE