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Gemtree Vineyards Uncut Shiraz

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Gemtree are not only famed for their delicious McLaren Vale wines but their commitment to the environment. They try to produce their wines in the most sustainable way possible and there’s nothing tree hugging about it, more a philosophy that makes perfect sense, especially when the fruit tastes as good as it does. This is quite a raw style of wine showing aromas of licorice, cinnamon and cherry. The palate is a combination of red and black fruit held in check by masterful tannin and acid.

Winemaker's Notes

2012 has been hailed from the outset as “the vintage of ?avour” and this wine epitomizes that. The wines from the 2012 vintage will sit very strongly along side the greats of 1998, 2002 and 2004. 


Appearance: Black with brick red hues.

Nose: Aromas of black forest cake, red currants and blueberries bound from the glass. Spicy oak, with a hint of the alpine valley in the cool of the morning! Softened marshmallows and cherries appear with time as the wine opens up.

Palate: Dense in weight, our latest version of Uncut is full bodied, filling the palate from front to back with ?avours of dark cherries, blackberries and chocolate. Velvety and powdery tannins channel the wine’s focus to complete the journey we have all come to expect from Uncut shiraz.

Food: Beef ribs and beef bourguignon. 

Cellaring: To 2022

Alcohol: 14.5%

expert reviews about

Gemtree Vineyards Uncut Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
There's a lot packed into this bargain McLaren Vale shiraz, full purple red in colour and brimming with black olives, liquorice and rich black fruits of all kinds. 18 months in French oak has provided a solid dark chocolate backdrop and firm tannins.
91
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
To 2018
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep, dense purple-crimson; this is a notably intense and complex shiraz from the start of the bouquet through to the finish and aftertaste; spice, licorice, blackberry, blood plum and dark chocolate powder all have their say while leaving space and air, giving the wine finesse and elegance.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Long and even, this elegant, vibrant shiraz is a fine marriage of fruit and oak, and one of the best wines I have tasted under this label. Its sweet, peppery aromas of blackberries, raspberries, redcurrants and light cedar/ vanilla oak reveals a whiff of menthol. Juicy and sweetly fruited, it's long and supple, with intense flavours of small dark berries tightly knit with oak and fine tannins, finishing with freshness and balance.
2018-2022
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
91
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep, dark colour foretells the abundantly rich bouquet and palate, with layers of blackberry, plum and regional chocolate supported by ripe tannins, the French oak perfectly integrated after 18 months in barrel.
2030
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep, dense colour; regional licorice and dark chocolate overtones to the blackberry fruit of the bouquet leap from the glass, the medium- to full-bodied palate providing more of the same, with 16 months in French oak doing little more than rounding off t
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Gemtree is another of the pioneers of biodynamics in McLaren Vale. Not as concentrated as you might expect from a quality McLaren Vale shiraz, but nonetheless a hugely enjoyable drink. Expect pleasure to be had all around when you serve this. It tastes of plums and chocolate and vibrant cherries - capped off by a fine set of velvety, lipsmacking tannins. Wonderful red-wine drinking.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
92
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
McLaren Vale produces legendary shiraz and this deserves its place for fruit quality, tannins and flavours.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Deep colour; a rich, opulent, but not jammy bouquet and palate; a range of blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate fruit with positive, but not aggressive, oak and ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
An uncut and unhindered rich hearty shiraz from this diamond in the rough. There's some stiff competition for McLaren Vale shiraz around the 20-buck mark and this sails through to take line honours. Loaded up with ripe plum flavour and sweet earthy tannins, a little spice to add interest and there you have it - brilliant wine!
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
91
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
This is made from the grapes of 40-year-old vines growing on Tatachilla Road in McLaren Vale. 2006 RELEASE Really nice red wine. Big on flavour and smooth of texture, its blueberried, blackberried heart smooching into chocolaty, vanillin oak. It's at the big end of town, but it still manages to be nicely balanced, courtesy, I suspect, of some gentle handling in the winery. It's open fermented and only minimally filtered, leaving all the goodness of McLaren shiraz intact. I've seen the odd retailer sell this for just under $20, at which it represents extraordinary value, DRINK 2008-2014.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
92
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
McLaren Vale produces legendary shiraz and this deserves its place for fruit quality, tannins and flavours.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
92
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Delicious blackberry and dark chocolate fruit to both bouquet and palate; soft, ripe tannins; good oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
93
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
A very complex array of flavours supported by great texture; blackberry, plum, raspberry and mulberry; fine, ripe, lingering tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Clean, supple and round; medium-bodied, fruit-driven by blackberry and chocolate; sweet, ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
91
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium purple-red; rich, ripe blackberry, spice and chocolate aromas lead into a concentrated, rich but not extractive palate; delicious blackberry and plum fruit, soft tannins and exemplary oak throughout. Spends 20 months in French and American oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
95

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