Motley Bunch

Motley Bunch
Grenache Mataro Shiraz

Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz are three of the great red grape varieties that are cornerstone to the Barossa's red winemaking pedigree. A traditional style using classic Barossa grape varieties, we looked for structure and integration of flavours. Grenache provides the sumptuous savoury, spice and fragrance, and a gentle earthiness and leather with age. Mataro contributes deeper gamier flavours and flesh to the palate whilst Shiraz acts as a strong foundation to the blend, giving colour and structure.


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Wine Press and Accolades

Tony Keys - The Key Report

01 March 2017

2014 Motley Bunch: 93 Points

“ A grenache-mataro-shiraz blend that is simply gorgeous, hell it's hard to find better at $22 get on to it is my advice, 93 points ”

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

01 May 2017

2015 Motley Bunch GMS: 90 points

“The St John's Road wines are of course made by noted winemaker Phil Lehmann. It's a GMS rather than a GSM blend this year. Fruit and earth. There's no weighty oak to contend with here, it's mostly just fruit, spice and earth, the feeling pure and the drinkability factor high. There's is a gentle dab of polished cedarwood, likely from oak, but it adds texture more than it does flavour. Nice wine, this. Good value all round. ”

Tony Keys - The Key Report

01 July 2017

2015 Motley Bunch GMS: 94 points

“Sweet, sweet violets tinkering with the senses, enticing and inviting. A cool 94 and $22 is nothing man, nothing.”

Ben Canaider - The Spectator Australia

02 September 2016

“Spicy, punchy, lively and pert. Fresh plums jump out, pink peppercorns are kaleidoscopic. It is a long and dry red wine that is equally a creature of the Barossa's vineyards as it is an homage to the Rhone and the grenache, syrah, mourvèdre blends that proliferate there. Mourvèdre is called mataro here, or monastrell in Spain, btw. I know, it's cray-cray, but, like, whatevs, as my EA, Fleur, says. There's no oak interference in this wine, just cheerful fruit. Black beans cooked with smoked paprika and barbecued sausage. ”

James Halliday - 2017 Wine Companion

19 August 2016

2014 Motley Bunch GMS: 91 points

“45/35/20% grenache mataro shiraz. A wine of composure. It tastes of raspberry, blueberry, anise and dried spice but it's the impression of both balance and flow that impresses most. Accordingly, it's drinking very well young.”

Winsor Dobbin - The Sunday Examiner

04 October 2015

2014 Motley Bunch GMS:

“I love the retro labels used by St John's Road, the Barossa brand that now employs talented Phil Lehmann, son of the late, great Peter Lehmann, as winemaker. This is a wonderfully enjoyable blend of three grapes that thrive in the Barossa sunshine: Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. There is plenty of flavour to be found here, but also an understated elegance that shines throughout the St John's Road range. Far from being old-fashioned, like the label, this is young a vibrant, fruit-driven and charming.”

Huon Hooke - Hooked on Wine

01 October 2015

2014 Motley Bunch GMS: 90 Points

“Grenache, mourvedre, shiraz) Medium to full red colour with a trace of purple. The bouquet is savoury and earthy, with some secondary development and is not especially youthful for its age. There's a touch of oak vanillin and the palate is full-bodied and deep, rich and layered, with generous flavour and ample soft tannins. Very good. Attractive flavour which lasts and lasts. This is a cut above.”

Raymond Chan

01 July 2015

2013 Motley Bunch GMS: 17.5/20 Points

“Full, even, very dark black-red colour, a little lighter on rim. The nose is elegant, softly blossoming with aromas of ripe, dark raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry fruit, along with a little lift and spicy, peppery elements. Some warm, aromatic jammy notes emerge in the glass. Full-bodied, densely packed and well-concentrated flavours of dark raspberries, plums, boysenberries and black fruits feature on the palate. The fruit is supported by soft, grainy tannin extraction and structure, forming a strong and positive core. Bright acidity enlivens the mouthfeel and lifts the fruit aromatics, and warm alcohol adds to the drive, leading to a soft, lingering spicy, raspberryish finish. This is a deeply packed, grainy textured, ripe GSM blend with raspberry, blackberry and boysenberry flavours. Match with barbecued and grilled red meats, and Middle Eastern fare over the next 5-6+ years. A blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in seasoned French oak puncheons”

Gourmet Traveller Wine - 100 top new releases

01 May 2015

2013 Motley Bunch GMS: 93 Points

“A deep, youthful colour with aromas of dry spices and walnut, while the palate is deep, dense and layered. It's generously flavoured and attractive now as well as promising a bright future. Keen value for money.”

Kim Brebach, BWU$20

01 May 2015

2013 Motley Bunch GMS: 93 Points

“A big, rich, multi-layered fruit cake but here we get enough interesting goodies thrown in, from herbs to leather and gravel. Works like a charm, and will please crowds the right way.”

Huon Hooke

01 April 2015

2013 Motley Bunch GMS: 93 Points

“Deep red/purple hue; the bouquet oddly perfumed, with a dominant walnut (oak?) note. Dry spices also. It's attractive and on the palate, dense and very deep, showing excellent balance and harmony of flavours. This has density and layers of flavour. Excellent wine, with a bright future.”

Chris Shanahan

01 March 2015

2013 Motley Bunch GMS:

“Barossa winemaker Phil Lehmann and marketer Jonathon Hesketh collaborate on a number of wine labels, including Hesketh and St John's Road. In Motley Bunch they bring together three time-proven Barossa varieties, grenache, shiraz and mataro (aka mourvedre). The inviting blend delivers the bright, ripe, juicy flavours of the warm 2013 vintage. Grenache provides musk-like high notes and plush fruit; shiraz contributes body, colour and structure; and mataro brings savoury character and firm tannins. The three work together to produce wonderful warm, earthy, fruity drinking pleasure. ”

Paul Ippolito - 5 Min Wine Rush -

10 February 2015

2013 Motley Bunch GMS:

“The classic blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz, winemaker Phil Lehmann and the Barossa Valley at a price of about $22, all augur well as a combination. Indeed this silky smooth red blend delivers at all points very well indeed. Juicy succulent ripe fruit, well integrated oak, seamless tannins and judicious blending come together very nicely indeed. Some savoury notes compliment the fruit and yet all the overall focus to remain in tact. Easy effortless drinking with a bbq of mixed meats to accompany it. Good drinking. A few more years left in it but seriously there is no reason to delay the current level of enjoyment.”

Tony Keys - Wines that rock

17 December 2014

2013 Motley Bunch GMS: 94 Points

“St John's Road 'Motley Bunch' Barossa Valley GSM 2013: It curls around the tongue like a python around its pray but it doesn't kill just imparts an array of flavours' in a soft and sensuous was, 94 points and good value at $22.”

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