Smart buy: Eperosa Synthesis Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2014 (Barossa Valley)

I was introduced to Eperosa’s Brett Grocke by Grant Dickson, co-owner of Fermentasian, a fabulous Vietnamese restaurant in the Barossa.  Dickson presides over Fermentasian’s equally fabulous wine list and, having previously introduced me to Cirillo Estate 1860 Grenache, I knew I was in for a treat. 

Grocke showed me a terrific old vine Semillon and I was excited to see this Barossa vigneron’s reds are being imported to the UK by Indigo Wines, including Synthesis.  Not only is it in a great drinking window (once popped, I couldn’t stop), it’s also on sale at Wine Direct, making it a very smart buy.

If you like Mourvedre-driven Chateauneuf du Pape (like this Beaucastel lover), this shapely, but un-pushed, savoury spice fest hits all the right notes.  It’s the perfect winter warmer.

Eperosa Synthesis Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2014 (Barossa Valley)

GSMs, or (in this case) MGSs , can be overblown.  Too much of everything, especially if the Grenache and Shiraz do most of the talking.  With Mataro (a.k.a. Mourvedre) playing the lead, this spicy, savoury red is lingering and moreish, with a touch of sinew as well as flesh.  It has a lovely freshness to its lithe sweet plum and juicy blackberry fruit, with perfumed anise, earthier liquorice and nicely judged meatier/saddle soap/leather Mataro notes.  There’s a touch of grip to the finish, which has delicious lift of toasted spices in the tail.  I could have happily kicked back with another bottle (which you can’t often say about a wine which weighs in at close to 15%).  However, bang slap in the drinking zone now, this wine has the structure and intensity to carry off the alcohol with aplomb. 14.7% £15.95 at Wine Direct (limited stock) and still a nice buy at £22.99 at Hook & Ford


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