Grenache (57%), Shiraz (33%), Mouvedre (10%) - GSM to us all - is the less popular and less famous companion of the Barossa Valley Shiraz. Don’t let that scare you, in fact, that should excited you. If we followed ratings and wine judges we would tell you this wine got 93 points from one of Australia’s toughest critics, but we will let you decide how bloody good it is.
Cherry + raspberry fruits on the nose, ultra smooth and silky tannins throughout the nose. This is a serious looking wine. I would hold onto it until the next roast lamb or pork - it will be the highlight of the evening. If you invite us we will be a bottle.
FROM THE WINEMAKER
"A classic vintage from the Barossa with plenty of warmth throughout Summer after a dry Spring. Vintage started early and finished early with all varietals ripening easily and developing great flavor across the vineyards. Mid deep red Colour with the nose oozing Red fruits – cherry & raspberry, savoury undertones. The pallet offers long silky tannins with an elegant finish."
Lamb (Roasted, Stew or BBQ), Steak, Pork.
JC SCORE 8.5/10
A superb Barossa GSM - well balanced and very convincing. Judges favourite (a JH 93 pointer) for a reason.View full product details
Q: How did we at Wine Brothers last our first 18 months without a Barossa Shiraz (probably Australia’s most famous variety/region combo) in our range?
A: We were waiting to find the right small batch producer. And now we found them!
Pontifex is the brainchild of Sam and Helen Clarke - they are both well established Barossa people with serious business and family ties to some of the big players in town. Pontifex is their project, this is their stamp on the industry, this is their expression of passion, of place, of purpose. Serious small batch. Seriously good.
FROM THE WINEMAKER
"A classic vintage from the Barossa with plenty of warmth throughout Summer after a dry Spring. Vintage started early and finished early with all varietals ripening easily and developing great flavor across the vineyards. Deep red-purple colour, with a nose consisting of plum and blackberry, soft smoky oak. The body offers firm but even tannins lead to a long finish."
Beef (BBQ, Roast or Stew), Duck, Aged or Hard Cheese
JC SCORE 8/10
Barossa Shiraz - does what Barossa Shiraz is meant to do. Length in the finish puts this in the premium category.View full product details
3 Pack ($650 per pack)
1x 2016 Pontifex GSM
2x 2016 Pontifex Shiraz
6 Pack ($1250 per pack 🔥🔥🔥 Value 🔥🔥🔥)
3x 2016 Pontifex GSM
3x 2016 Pontifex Shiraz
Serious Small Batch. Seriously Good. This summarises what our friends at Pontifex wines are doing. Pontifex, as a brand new project, is the husband-wife effort of Sam and Helen Clarke. They are passionate about small batch wine and are passionate about putting their own name to a project.
If you read into their history you will soon find out they both have a long history in wine, and both have involvement in a large Barossa producer. This is different. This is theirs. This is small batch. This is as raw and real as it gets.
Pontifex - What does it mean?
Under their motto “In this sign thou shalt conquer”, the Pontifex family built one of England’s finest and most innovative foundries in the heart of London during the 1800s. Working with copper, brass, lead, gunmetal tin and iron they pioneered numerous metalwork and fabrication techniques for building boiling coppers and stills for brewers and spirits distillers around the world, winning a multitude of awards. Carrying on that artisan spirit, their descendants Sam and Helen Clarke are now in the Barossa Valley growing and making small batches of premium wines from the classic Barossa varieties – Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre.
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