Blend: Grenache 49%, Shiraz 30% Mataro 21% - The Avatar shows a generous, expressive bouquet with plum and black cherry aromas with a splash of higher toned cranberry. Underlying the ripe fruit you’ll find hints of Asian spice, dried citrus peel, licorice, gingerbread, milk chocolate, jasmine and notes of well-integrated mocha oak. Vibrant, well-weighted and spice-laden on the initial entry to the palate, the Avatar shows ripe fruit flavours of plum, blackberry and black cherry with hints of raspberry and cranberry providing lift. There are hints of Asian and baking spice, ginger-cake, chocolate, dried flowers, licorice and judicious, seasoned oak along with a healthy dose of earthy, Mataro goodness. Medium-bodied on the palate the wine wraps up with great balance, bright acidity, supple, ripe tannins and a finish that is both persistent and spicy.
Now this is a fascinating wine, from the clear red colour, through to the intriguing nose,... this GSM blend is going from strength to strength with each successive vintage ... The palate is chock full of dark cherry and raspberry fruit, spicy blackberries, earth and licorice, showing great length, and finishing quite savoury. This is a very complex sophisticated wine that makes great current drinking, but which could be cellared for the medium term. Well done. the auswine panel