The grapes for our Texas GSM are sourced from our family Kuhlken Vineyard as well as several key vineyard partners including Stout Vineyards near Blanco and the Bingham and Reddy Vineyards of the High Plains. We are privileged to work with these top growers who have dedicated themselves to producing only ultra-premium grapes for fine Texas wines. Our family vineyard, in its 20th year of growing, has been the source for many of our past award winning wines and continues to produce some of the best fruit in the state.
2015 saw relatively early harvest for some of our Hill Country lots, in part because of the low yield brought on by spring hail at our estate vineyard. On the other hand, a cooler summer pushed our High Plains harvest all the way into October. As a result, the first of the grapes for this wine were harvested in early August, with the last coming to the crush pad in mid-October. 2015 will be remembered by our crew as the harvest that seemed like it might never end. Luckily, it was worth it considering the quality that came from this vintage.
The GSM, by its design incorporates numerous lots from multiple vineyards across the state. For the winemaking team, the blending process is something done over numerous iterations meant to slowly refine the blend over the course of the aging process until we arrive at the blend we think captures the best qualities of each barrel lot that we consider for the GSM. Our assistant winemaker Demi Matar began blend trials for the GSM in the spring of 2016, and returned to the barrels a dozen times throughout the year to work out a final blend. Each trial involves careful selection of barrel samples, evaluation of each lot individually, and then the creation of numerous blend variation that are judged by Demi and our winemaker David Kuhlken. GSM is all about finding balance in blending, and 2015 was no exception.
For eight years we have been making this Rhone-style blend incorporating traditionally southern French varietals grown here in our estate Hill Country vineyard as well as partner vineyards across Texas. This medium bodied blend brings together the diverse character of these three varieties into a fantastic balance. It is a food friendly wine, and can serve as the ideal complement to a range of entrees.
Mourvedre (58%), Syrah (36%), Grenache (6%)