94 Points – Steve Leszczynski, QWine Reviews
93 Points – Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot
93 Points, Silver Medal – 2023 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
91 Points, Silver Medal – 2023 Melbourne Royal Wine Awards
2022 ARILA GARDENS
GARDENS OF MOPPA
Our Gardens of Moppa wines are an expression of the region from which we call home. A blend of vineyards, or as we like to call them gardens, from the heart of Moppa. Fragrant wines with personality, crafted with a gentle touch and a respect for these classic varietals from this renowned region.
Grape Variety: Grenache 62%, Shiraz 31%, Mataro 7%
Region: Moppa, Barossa Valley
Colour: Bright crimson with magenta hue
Nose: Fragrant dark cherry and musk plum fruit heightened by floral nuances and warm spice. Oak is subtle in the creamy malt spectrum allowing the fruit fragrance to shine.
Palate: A bright glossy core of juicy dark cherry fruit fills the palate with appetising length. Fine, powdery tannins build textural interest, complemented by a gentle acidity that knits the palate together with impeccable balance. A lovely drink now or cellar with confidence for years to come.
Cellaring potential: 10+ years
Winter 2021 was recorded as the wettest in 25 years for Northern Barossa, setting up the vines well for the growing season. Other than one welcomed rain event on the 1st of March, the summer was dry. The cool conditions allowed for the steady ripening of the fruit to its optimum flavour, colour and tannin development. Wine of the 2022 vintage are characterised by having lovely natural balance, brightness of fruit, perfume and long fine structural palates.
- Harvested March 4 to April 5
- Whole berries for ferment
- Fermented in small open top for 8 – 10 days
- Gentle pump overs and hand plunging
- 10 months in seasoned French oak hogsheads
- Filtered prior to bottling
pH – 3.44
Acidity – 6.1g/l
Alcohol – 14.4%
Wonderfully ripe and fragrant, the wine shows dark berry, violet, mixed spice and roasted hazelnut aromas, followed by a splendidly weighted palate offering succulent fruit flavours with fleshy texture and fine-grained tannins. It’s silky and generous with a lengthy velvety finish. – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, (95 Points)
The 2021 release was an absolute belter and winemaker Adam Clay has levelled up with this 2022 GSM. A fabulous drink, the savoury appeal really stood out on this occasion. A 62/31/7 blend compared to the 56/39/5 of 2021, it’s great to see vintage variation at play with the subtle adjustments to the blend. The winter of 2021 was one of the wettest on record for those who love some vintage data. I tasted this not too long after bottling. It’s so new it is yet to be released at the time of writing. Its youth is evident but a little more bottle age will be of benefit. Blue fruits open the account with baking apices and some meatiness eager to introduce themselves. Layers of licorice, puffs of dirt road and a flicker of orange drive the savoury profile but the pretty aromas of purple flowers and spice cupboard keep my nose going back to the glass. Densely coloured and attractive to the eye, it speaks of the Moppa soils. A fabulous blend that will age comfortably over the medium term, lovers of a great GSM blend will find a happy home with this in their glass. – Steve Leszczynski, QWine Reviews, (94 Points)
Another superb GSM blend from the Gardens. This is vibrant crimson in colour. Plushness and balance with notes of red and dark berries, cold tea, mulberries, cherries, raspberries and more – delicious flavours. The Grenache might dominate at the moment, but it is ably supported by its companion grapes. There is also impressive length here, finishing with silky tannins. A flavour bomb for sure, but a terrific one. Love it. – 93 points Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot, (93 Points)
2021 Gardens of Moppa G.S.M. Reviews
This is how you GSM! More fruit driven than the 2020 release, it’s a damn awesome drink.
A riot of raspberries dipped in chocolate. With a lovely length, it’s softly spiced and earthy. Co-fermented (56/39/5) with some whole berries, it saw French oak for 14 months and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Some red apples, red plums and raspberry coulis wriggle to the surface with time in the glass but I keep getting drawn back to the earthy drive and delicately spiced persistent finish. Give me it all.
Drink to eight years+. – Steve Leszczynski, Qwine Reviews (93/100)
As is the case with all of the 2021 Arila Gardens releases the aromatics are so pure and vibrant and speak to the quality of fruit and expression of site above influence of oak at this point in their development. The nose gives a peppery expression red cherry and background plum, if you look hard there are some faint cured meats. The palate is medium bodied with great flow and purity with a gentle and rich weave of spice a constant. Tannins give grip and texture and take on a cherry pip savouriness before the finish is long and layered in red berry fruits.
Optimal Drinking 2022 – 2030. – Patrick Eckel, Wine Reviewer, (94 Points)
The emergence of the wonderful and classic Barossa wines from Arila Gardens has been a highlight over recent years. This blend hails from a mix of local Moppa vineyards with a cepage of Grenache (56%), Shiraz (39%) and Mataro (5%). The fruit underwent cold soaking for 24 hours and a small percentage of whole bunches were placed at the base of the fermenters, the rest being whole berries. Co-fermentation was in a small open top fermenter for 10 days with gentle pumpovers and also hand plunging, before 14 months in seasoned French oak hogsheads on lees. It was then bottled without fining.
Deep magenta in colour, a lovely nose here, just bursting with cherries, florals, spices, cocoa powder, licorice and tobacco leaf notes. Plush and seamless, the palate sees the emergence of chocolate notes. The wine has concentration and focus. Expect it to drink well for the next five to eight years, though it is delicious now. A fine example of the blend.
Drink: 2022-2030. – Ken Gargett, Wine Pilot (94 Points)
Sweetly ripe and fragrant, the inviting bouquet shows dark plum, rich floral, warm spice and toasted nut aromas. The palate offers succulent fruit intensity together with fleshy texture and beautifully flowing mouthfeel, finishing long and sturdy. – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (95 Points)