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On the ninth day of Christmas, my wine rack gave to me a Robert Oatley GSM

Welcome Friyay!

Wine number 9 in the advent calendar, and this wine gives me the same happy feels as Friday happy feels – it’s the Robert Oatley 2015 GSM. I’ve featured this wine previously in my blog ‘three wise men, three brilliant wines for Christmas dinner’

Australia is renowned for mixing up the grape varieties, and blending them to make some new and interesting creations. This GSM is no exception. As the acronym suggests it’s a mixture of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. Each of these grapes adds it’s character and personality to the wine.This wine blend is like having a party with a great bunch of friends!

Grenache adds the berry and sublte peppery flavours to the wine and the depth of colour. This is like the host of the party that puts on the food

Shiraz adds more of the peppery notes and also throws in some tannin. This friend is more like the one that brings dessert along to go with the food.

Mourvèdre mellows the wine out, and creates a smoothness. This friend is more like the one that creates the rockin dance list for the party.

So. Much. Fun!

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Hailing from Robert Oatley winery, the face behind the wines, Robert Oatley unfortunately passed away earlier this year. This man was a great influence on the Australian wine industry, and introduced many styles and varieties to the market – he’s even been crowed as the ‘father of Australian Chardonnay’.

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“Macerated red fruits and musk from Grenache, structure and longevity via Shiraz, Mouvèdre’s gamey notes and minerality.” http://www.robertoatley.com.au

I hope you enjoy this wine as much as I do, and I hope it gives you those Friday happy feels.

Until next time winos

 

Cheers

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On the eighth day of Christmas my wine rack gave to me a Tahbilk Grand Tawny

To settle you in to Thursday evening, and prepare you for Friyay, a cheeky Tawny after dinner is a great choice!

I’ve featured this wine on my blog before – ‘hop yourself to nagambie over the Easter long weekend for some great wine’ It’s so good that it deserves a place in the advent wine calendar – It’s the Tahbilk Grand Tawny.
From one of Australia’s oldest wineries, founded in 1860, this port delivers all the deliciousness and stickiness that you look for in a port.

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The historic buildings at Tahbilk Winery

Pour yourself a glass of this, and it will feel like you’re sipping on Christmas cake. What better wine to get you excited and geared up for the day the man in the big red suit arrives!

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The other beauty is that it comes in a 750ml bottle, which means it will keep providing you with little glasses of joy for a while. Generally, when you do open one a bottle of port, consumption should happen in 3 months for it to be at its optimum level, which is plenty of time to savor and enjoy it.

“This impressive fortified has had extended ageing in seasoned oak barrels and shows classic tawny colour. The nose exhibits distinguished aromas of walnut and prune with a complex mix of dried fruits. The palate is deeply flavoured and concentrated with characteristic caramel, toffee, walnut and fruitcake flavours, whilst the finish is long and lingers well into an evening of quiet contemplation!” www.tahbilk.com.au

Until next time winos

Cheers

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