Marschall Groom Cellars
2011 Barossa Valley Shiraz
Australia: Barossa Valley (South)
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, ow, ow, ow!
Today’s Marschall Groom Cellars 2011 Barossa Valley Shiraz is a ripper of a wine that we couldn’t wait to get home and enjoy with a large meal prepared on the grill.
A beautiful dark reddish-purple in the glass, today’s wine is highlighted by the bold flavor combo of juicy red fruit and dark chocolate. In fact, you wouldn’t be remiss if the picture of a chocolate-dipped strawberry popped into your head after the first sip.
Please enjoy today’s bold Aussie treat with our heartiest recommendation.
Dark red, with a lovely brightness to it as you give the glass a swirl. Glimmers of purple are present, as well.
A delightful blend of fruit and complementary notes, with espresso bean, dark chocolate, toasty baking spices, and dried cranberry framing a fruity core of dark cherry and black raspberry.
Very similar to the nose. Chocolate covered red fruit is the highlight of the palate, with subtle summer earth, spice, and oak nuances present as well.
A very smooth and supple finish on today’s wine. A delicious wine to enjoy after a long day at the office.
Honey, garlic, and black peppercorn-spiced chicken breast, finished on the grill with a side of roasted root vegetables.
What the Winery Says
After a string of hot dry vintages 2011 was, in comparison, significantly cooler with higher rainfall. The season started off late and was further delayed by a very wet December soon after the vines had gone through flowering. In fact there was five times more rain than average for that month. Cool and moist conditions continued. These cool conditions enabled some really nice color development and helped retain nice high natural acids and low pH.
Our 2011 Shiraz is one we recommend for earlier enjoyment rather than long term cellaring. The wine is beautifully structured and balanced and simply delightful to consume. It is definitely a more elegant style than the previous 2010 vintage. The color has terrific purple & bright red hues. The nose oozes fresh red fruit of cherries and cranberries with a touch of anise and spice. The new oak maturation influence is subtle and helps brighten the fruit characters. The wine reminds me of the 2004 vintage for its immediate pleasure and drinkability.
- Daryl Groom
- 94 Points - James Halliday
- Barossa Valley, South Australia
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Shiraz
- 16 months in 55% American and 45% French oak
About the Winery
Marschall Groom Cellars is a very small family winery situated in the famous Barossa Valley region of South Australia. The winery produces three varietals, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz & Zinfandel - under the label GROOM.
Marschall Groom Cellars is the culmination of a dream, backed up by many years of talk and family discussion. The proprietors are David & Jeanette Marschall and their six children, and Daryl & Lisa Groom and their four children.
The dream started to become reality with the purchase of 87 acres of bare land in the Kalimna appellation of the Barossa Valley, directly adjacent to the renowned Penfolds Kalimna vineyard - the home of Grange. In 1997 the first acres on our Kalimna Bush Block were planted to Shiraz, producing its first crop in the 1999 vintage. To complement our young Shiraz fruit we source from one other very reputable high quality vineyard in the Barossa, the Fechner Vineyard which is home to 50 year-old vines.