McLaren vale with its ancient soils and blue skies can deliver so many interpretations of Shiraz, let alone the impact of the winemaking philosophy at any moment in time over that period. Every once in a while a wine transcends to a level well beyond expectations. That is the magic of each vintage , the little surprise you get well down the track and often well after bottling.
The 2010 Shiraz is one of those classics; perfect line and length, bang on middle stump. Truly one might struggle to detail the smell and taste. Great wines do that; so well stitched together it is hard to pinpoint individual notes and where they start and finish. The wine is no shrinking violet; it oozes personality with plenty of flavor.
The fruit for this wine comes from a consistent bunch of growers; they have now produced wine grapes for Samuel’s Gorge for over 9 years and most pre-date that in other ventures. The fruit is sourced vineyards of massive contrasts in geology and aspect to the sun; most have elevation and therefore smell sea breeze. 30% of the Shiraz is estate grown on Justin's rocky ridge at the homestead. The homestead fruit sets the scene for fresh black fruits and super fine tannins which are at the heart of the Samuel’s Gorge style.
The aromatics have what is now a trademark Samuel’s Gorge black fruit spectrum as at its core. The estate vineyard delivers dark mulberry notes with amazing consistency. A unique ridge top with hungry ancient soils, the full ark of the summer light with a view of the sea.
- Region: McLaren Vale
- Varietal: 100% Shiraz
- Vintage: 2010
- Vineyard: 9 different sites in McLaren Vale
- Vine Age: 21 years old
- Yield: 2.4 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Varied
- TA: 6.5 grams per liter
- pH: 3.68
- Alcohol: 14.9%
- Oak: 18 months in French barrique (20% new)
- Production: 2,200 cases
John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young laborer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it... Learn More »
At Samuel's Gorge, winemaker/owner Justin McNamee is looking to collate the tools and experience that he has gathered over the years to craft wines with focus, specializing in four key varietals that he thinks excel in McLaren Vale; Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre and Tempranillo. Learn More »
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