Like the rest of this range from Brookdale, the Mason Road GSM truly pushes the boundaries of convention, as well as the quality-to-price ratio. This blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Petit Syrah is medium bodied with a layered density of fruit.
Mason Road GSM
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Cellar
Each variety was harvested separately at varying stages. Grenache and Syrah were whole-bunch fermented while Cinsault and Petit Syrah were crushed and destemmed. Each batch was fermented separately in open top fermenters with wild/natural yeast. A short post fermentation maceration occurred before the wine was then pressed and transferred to 500 litre and 300 lite barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine spent a further 8 months in barrel before final blending and bottling.
In The Vineyard
The 2022 vintage will be remembered as a cool season before harvest, followed by a sudden temperature spike from January. Good vineyard practices were followed, and canopies were managed well, which delivered exceptional grape analyses and wine quality. Temperatures rose sharply during early January and accelerated the early cultivars’ ripening dates, although we harvested more than a week later than the previous year. Frequent high temperatures during February further contributed to harvest dates shifting sooner and harvesting returned to normal timing by the end of February. We were fortunate not to experience any crop losses or mildew infections.
"Despite the cooler vintage conditions running into the pre-harvest period in January 2022, warmer temperatures from February onwards have ensured a deliciously ripe and opulent red boasting exotic aromatics of crushed sour cherries, Parma violets, burnt bushveld, ripe cranberries, salty red liquorice and a broader inviting melange of summer berries. This really is a fabulously complex maiden release focusing on Grenache and Syrah grapes that were separately whole bunch fermented before a short maceration and then further ageing in 500 and 300 litre barrels. The energy and vibrancy revealed on the nose follow succinctly to the palate that’s packed full of spicy, peppery black currant fruit, tart bright tangy acids and a silky soft fine-grained finish showing a subtle kiss of salted caramel. I’m not sure how much more wine drinking enjoyment you can pack into a bottle!? Drink on release and over the next 3 to 5+ years." - Greg Sherwood MW.