Specials 2016 Revolver No.3 McLaren Vale GSM

2016 Revolver No.3 McLaren Vale GSM

2016 Revolver No.3 McLaren Vale GSM

Revolver wines are small batch wines made by a dynamic young winemaker Daniel Zuzolo who works closely with our own Mike Farmilo.

This classic blend beautifully combines spice and cherry from the Grenache; structure and perfume from the Shiraz (Syrah); and tannins with a savoury twang from the Mataro (Mouvedre).


Tasting Notes by Nick Bulleid MW

The summer of 2016 was unusual in that all the hot weather came in December 2015, with a few periods of extreme heat. As the grapes were early in their development, still green and hard, the heat had little impact compared with after they had changed colour. From late January the temperatures became milder during the day and cooler at night accompanied by regular rainfall events, all good conditions for flavour development.

This wine combines 63% Grenache, 32% Shiraz and 5% Mataro (= Mourvèdre) grapes in a classic GSM blend. The Grenache was grown in the Willunga district and the Shiraz and Mataro at Sellicks Hill.
All the parcels were hand picked, given a seven-day cold soak prior to ferment to gain more colour and soft tannins and then fermented separately in 5 Tonne open fermenters. Fifteen per cent of the grapes in the ferments were whole bunches, to add perfume and mid-palate.
The wine was matured for 18 months in older French barriques, to avoid intrusive oak flavours.

Mid purple red.

Red plum, with hints of jam and spices.

Structure / Palate
Full bodied, with plenty of flesh. Generous red fruit flavours, with plenty of fine, dry tannin. Alcohol contributes to the plumpness and supple balance.

GSMs are delicious wines to drink young, with Grenache’s plump balance and soft tannins complemented by the added weight from Shiraz and spicy tannin cut of Mataro. The wine is beautiful now with generously flavoured red meat dishes, pasta and barbecued seafood. It will gain further complexity in the short term, say through 2021.


Bottle Size 750ml
Bottle Closure Screwcap
Alcohol 15.0%
Cellaring Potential 2022+
Unit Size Bottle
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