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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Cape Barren Native Goose GSM 2010

Part of the joy of trying to assess a wine critically is seeing how it changes over time.  Whilst this is fundamentally at odds with the way the vast majority of wine is consumed, it does afford a glimpse as to how a wine may develop over time, a potential gauge as to cellarability. 

This wine posed a an interesting conundrum: initially very bright aromatics, the profile coming from the Grenache: strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and black cherry - over time the lighter elements taking a back seat to the darker fruit coming to the fore.

Initially juicy and fruit-laden in the mouth, a soft textural feel, hints of cinnamon rounding things out.  But again with time this profile changed, feeling fuller, more glycerol - showing its alcohol a little more - with the acid settling, allowing the acid to step forward; the whole proceedings augmented by the perfume of red fruit flowing - filling the roof of the mouth.  The finish, long, gentle gliding length - i noted that it felt like a "slower version of the Star Wars opening intro".  91 - Very Good

Source: Sample
Price: $20-22
Alcohol: 14.8%
Closure: Screwcap


  1. The force is strong with this one Stu! And may the force be with you always! There is no denying your infinite wisdom and outstanding analysis of this wine. I agree transformation of wine over short term period in the glass or total revisit after two days exemplifies the wines particular nuances as intended. Furthermore and adding to the appeal of this particular GSM is: the grapes are sourced from two areas in Mclaren Vale including a special block in Blewitt Springs, the use of both French and American oak, grapes from old vines up to 80 years of age and of the talents of Rob Dundon as the wine maker. Thank your knowledge and professionalism is always appreciated!
    Peter Pan

    1. Thank you for your comment Peter - it's appreciated. It's a lonely life is a bloggers, with often nothing but a wine glass or a computer screen for company.

      I wouldn't go as far as your gushing praise :) but I am learning about wine, it's certainly a case of the more I learn the less I know!

      With regard to vine age and sub-regional sourcing, I was aware of this info but opted to omit it - there's always a balance I try to strike between brevity and my own ramblings.

      Thanks, Stu

    2. Yes I am certain you are aware of walking the tightrope of brevity and rambling but there is more notion i want to share - you obviously use fabulous glassware too to get such beautiful discriptions from your wine tastings!