Brave Faces TRANS

2016 Brave Faces GMS

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Buoyant raspberry, red cherry characters with a restrained savoury palate, grainy tannins backed by integrated oak. A serious food wine that shows what a wonderful marriage these three varietals make if blended with balance in mind.

  • Tasting Notes

    Colour
    Medium crimson red with a bight red core

    Aroma
    Notes of smoked tea, bright dark cherry, mulberry, juniper, with hints of anise, cassia bark, black pepper and fresh hung meat.

    Palate
    Medium bodied with lovely pert acidity giving the palate a lovely buoyant quality. Bright fruit notes lead the entry, layered with notes of spice and smoked tea that provide depth and complexity. Black pepper, fresh meat and oolong tea dominate where hints of cassia bark and star anise provide background notes. A lovely long length through the palate is aided along with creamy lees notes. Whole bunch, chalky tannins provide a savoury note through the late palate.

  • Wine Making

    de-stemmed and crushed to open top fermenters. The Shiraz was pumped over three times daily through the peak of fermentation, whereas the Grenache and Mourvèdre, after a few days cold soak, were lightly plunged. Average time ‘on-skins’ was 15 days. Grenache parcels were fermented with 20% whole bunches. All pressings were added back to the free run. Some barrels had extended lees contact through maturation.

    Maturation
    Aged for 12 months in a combination of concrete and older puncheon and hogsheads.

    Cellar Potential
    Great drinking now with potential for short to medium term cellaring of five to ten years

  • Technical Information

    Closure Type
    Screwcap

    Volume (ml)
    750ml

    Region
    Barossa Valley

    Alcohol (% vol.)
    13.8%

  • Product Reviews
    91 Points - Campbell Mattinson, WineFront, November 2017
    I don’t have notes on this particular release but Brave Faces GMS blend routinely includes some whole bunches in the ferment; it tastes as though it does. This is a svelte, stylish, easy-drinking red wine with just enough in-built complexity to set it apart from the norm. It won’t scare any horses but nor will it put anyone to sleep. On the latter point: the alcohol has been nicely tamed too. It tastes of leather and woodsmoke, blueberry and raspberry, with woody anise and resin as garnish. There’s a peppercorn note and more than a hint of reduction. It all slips down nicely.

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