The word “Triumvirate” comes from Ancient Rome and was used to designate when a group of three equal rulers was in power, such as Julius Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus in 60 BC.
Our newest wine is named for two such formidable threesomes: Angela’s siblings – Stella, Alexander, and Una; and the grapes that make up this wine’s blend – Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvèdre.
The 2016 Triumvirate comes to us from the Barossa Valley of South Australia. The name was inspired by the cohesive relationship of the siblings, which overlaps with the wine, a highly aromatic, alluring, and authentic red. The siblings and the grapes are all well-bred and leaders in their chosen fields.
The blending of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvèdre, commonly referred to as a ‘GSM,’ is a traditional and common practice in the Côtes du Rhône region in Southern France.
Grenache is considered to be the lightest of the three grapes, both in flavor and color. It’s known to add notes of red fruit, such as cranberry and raspberry, and is usually the largest portion of the GSM blend. It also dominates vineyards in the Southern Rhône.
Syrah, or Shiraz, is the dominate red grape in the Northern Rhône, and can help enhance the body and structure of a blend. It typically provides darker fruit notes, like plum and blackberry, as well as savory black pepper spice.
Last, but certainly not least, Mourvèdre helps to round out the blend’s finish by adding tannin. A bigger grape, like the Shiraz, it also adds darker fruit, like blueberry, and floral notes.
The naming of this wine also follows in our tradition of naming wines for extended members of the Stone House family. Our Cuvée Cuddles sparkling is named for Angela’s mother, Lady Mary Downer, known affectionately as ‘Cuddles.’ We also have our Scheming Beagle port, named for our winery dogs, Duhg and Schopenhauer (who happens to be celebrating his birthday this month). And we can’t leave out Angela’s Wish! This Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz blend is named for our owner Angela’s first partnership with our Australian winemaker.
We also know the Triumvirate will follow these wines in being a favorite among our customers. It’s a strong name for a strong wine!