Tuffer's Tipple GSM 2020 review - WineUncorked: Wine Reviews and Tips


One of six wines from former English cricketer Phil Tufnell, or Tuffers as he is also known, which consists of three whites and three reds.

GSM stands for Grenache, Shiraz and Mouvedre – the three red grape varieties that make up this blend and famous as the type of wine from the French Cote du Rhone, in particular Chateauneuf-du-Pape. But this wine comes from slightly further south in the large Pays D’Oc region from where many great tasting, but ultimately cheaper wines, originate. The Shiraz adds spicy cinnamon and blackcurrant flavours, the Grenache adds plum and violet perfume while the Mouvedre adds a hearty Marmite-tasting backbone. There was a touch of rubber on the aroma (associated with too much preservative added, also called ‘bottle stink’) which didn’t go away even with the usual trick of decanting the wine into a jug. Still very drinkable even so.

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Type: Red wine
Grape variety: Grenache/Garnacha, Mourvedre, Shiraz/Syrah
Vintage: 2020
Country: France
Special characteristics: Vegetarian, Vegan
Region: Pays d'Oc
Supplier: Virgin Wines
Price when reviewed: 12.99
What the label says: fresh red fruits and a hint of spice
Alcohol %: 14
Format: Bottle with screwcap

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