Sunday, 3 February 2008

Hardy's Oomoo 'GSM' 2005

Hardy's Oomoo Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre 2005
McLaren Vale, South Australia, $128, stelvin seal

This wine is a revival of an old 1800s label and Oomoo is meant to be an Aboriginal word meaning 'good'. It comes from big corporate giant Hardy's. The Shiraz gained a bit of a reputation in Australia a few years ago for offering good value. Though its HK price doesn't quite reflect the same value, I thought I'd give this classic Australian blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre a go.

It's dark, rich and purple in colour. The nose didn't bowl me over as much as I expected but I got pleasant aromas of meat, plums, cherries and coco. The palate was a good balance of sweet and savoury flavours; there was lots of ripe, jammy fruit along side some dusty coco and dried herbs. The tannins were nice and chalky rather than grippy and the wine really was rather pleasant to drink. An enjoyable, medium bodied food wine that while not overly intense was certainly quaffable.

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