Pirramimma was founded by Alexander Campbell Johnston in 1892 and has been owned and operated by the Johnston family ever since. Winemaking at Pirramimma has been a family affair for over 126 years and is now in the capable hands of Geoff Johnston, a winemaking graduate of Charles Sturt University, grandson of the winery’s founder.
For this stunning Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre we selected fruit from our older mature blocks, which supplied outstanding colour, varietal character and intensity. This is our first release under the Iconic Ironstone label, is 60% Grenache, 35% Shiraz and 5% Mourvedre. Displaying a lifted bouquet of spicy mulberry, black plum, nutmeg and briary blackberry, with the palate delivery concentrated raspberry puree, mariposa blood plum, cranberry and pomegranate. An exceptional example of Australian GSM, approachable now or cellar up to 15 years under the right conditions.
It’s magnificently styled and expressed on the nose with dark fruit richness with cocoa, cedar, roast meat and cedar characters. The palate displays succulent fruit intensity and expansive mouthfeel, superbly complemented by plush texture and silky tannins. Seamless and immensely appealing. At its best: now to 2030. Date Tasted: Oct 2020; Price: $70.00; Rating: 96 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
It remains tidy despite the high alcohol; indeed it keeps its warmth well hidden. It tastes mostly of raspberry and bitumen but there's a licoricey aspect, a sweet orange-peel character, and complex notes of both leather and undergrowth. The finish is satisfying without being sensational but it'll be interesting to see where this wine goes over time. Drink to: 2026; Alcohol: 15%; Rating: 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson; James Halliday Wine Companion
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