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2014 Yalumba The Strapper Grenache Shiraz Mataro

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A strapper is a person who dedicates their life to the care of race horses, in the same way that Yalumba dedicates itself to providing wines that are great value. This offering is a GSM that is more workhorse than elegant thoroughbred. It's a full-bodied, butch style that shows lots of fleshy, ripe black fruits on the nose, together with raspberries, mocha and liquorice spice. The palate is plush and fruity with choc-coated berry flavours, approachable, savoury-edged tannins, and a dry, spicy finish. Any slow-cooked meat dish will go well with this.

Winemaker's Notes

The Strapper in thoroughbred parlance is the reliable and trustworthy member of the team - not generally in the limelight. The Strapper Barossa Valley GSM is not the showy type, rather the wine that the winemakers drink when they’re not having a Riesling or an ale. Authentic Barossa Shiraz is sandwiched between the understated fragrant perfume of Grenache and the earthy, rustic tannins of Mataro - a well bred, strapping and savoury wine.

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2014 Yalumba The Strapper Grenache Shiraz Mataro

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James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
A strapping wine indeed, providing a kaleidoscope of red and black fruits with an earthy crown and tannic backbone. Will canter through the next decade or more, protected against any cork god evil.
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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Vivid red hue; highly perfumed and pure on the bouquet, showing red fruits, violets and dried herbs; the palate is medium-bodied, fleshy and fragrant, with a charmingly fresh finish; this is a wine to enjoy without thinking and not necessarily in moderation.
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
A nice earthiness to the nose and lovely vibrancy to the medium bodied palate.
WINESTATE Volume 34 - Special Edition 2011
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
The Strapper is the definition of classic Barossa GSM for just $16 (East End Cellars)! Low oak and low alcohol give its fruit wings to display its rose petal perfume and vibrant berry fruit character. Grenache leads with its greengage plum, rhubarb and red berry fruits, with the pepper and mixed spice of shiraz and the fine, savoury, earthy tannins of mataro. It has seamless appeal right away, and plenty of stamina for the medium-term.
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
The Strapper is a dark and mellow red that blends the classic Barossa grenache shiraz mataro together to deliver a sturdy, lithe, dark and fruit-soaked wine of easygoing charm and appeal. Red, dark and black fruits and lovely, dark, tarry, minerally nuances of the region too. Supple tannins wrap, and there s plenty of ripe, sweet flavour here.
Good Wine Guide 2013

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