Happs Three Hills 2018 GSM (Grenache Shiraz Mataro)

Happs Three Hills 2018 GSM (Grenache Shiraz Mataro)

Back in the 1970s two young teachers named Erl and Ros Happ decided to plant a wide range of wine grape varieties in WA’s Margaret River region. Today the Happs estate vineyards produce more than 30 grape varieties!

And this wine is made up of three of those varieties. Introducing the Happs Wines ‘Three Hills’ 2018 Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro blend. The majority, 61% is made up of Grenache, followed by 26% Shiraz and the remainder Mataro (aka Mourvèdre). $30 per bottle via the Happs website.

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Rusty Mutt 2018 Rocky Ox GSM (Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro)

Rusty Mutt 2018 Rocky Ox GSM

Seriously, who can resist a wine with doggies ? on the label? Not me!

So what’s the significance of the dogs on this bottle of small batch Rusty Mutt wine? Well the winemaker, Scott Heidrich, was born in the year of the ‘Metal Dog’ according to Chinese astrology. Rusty Mutt is his passion project as he currently is the senior winemaker for another McLaren Vale company.

A big thanks to Scott for sending this sample of his ‘Rocky Ox’ 2018 GSM over to taste. The ‘GSM’ stands for Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro – the 3 grapes which make up the blend of this wine.

A big thanks to Scott for sending this sample of his ‘Rocky Ox’ 2018 GSM over to taste. The ‘GSM’ stands for Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro – the 3 grapes which make up the blend of this wine.

Rocky Ox is named on behalf of Scott’s daughter Kara who is an Earth Ox in Chinese astrology.

  • Hand plunged ferments
  • Basket pressed
  • 12 months maturation in used French puncheons

Available for $30 via the Rusty Mutt website.

We found it a bright garnet red colour in the glass. Notes of plums, cherries raspberries, baking spice, tobacco and mocha come through on the nose for us. While in the mouth it has a juicy fruit burst with a hint of pepper and there’s some dark chocolate covered berries in there too. Scrumptious!

This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.

All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!

Gatch Wines 2019 Mataro Rose – Riverland

Gatch Wines 2019 Mataro Rose

Naturally Feb 14th was a rosé night in our house and thanks to the lovely team at Gatch Wine, we had this sample to try.

We were so excited to get stuck into this 2019 Rosé as it’s made from the Mataro grape variety. More commonly it’s known as Mourvédre here in Aussie and is thought to have originated in Spain.

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