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Samuel's Gorge Shiraz

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Samuels Gorge is one of those boutique wineries in McLaren vale that beat the drum to their own distinctive beat, turning out wines that are full of character. They make wines they want to drink and thankfully everyone wants to drink their wines too and this Shiraz is a classic case in point. It’s laden with black fruit and spice with notes of aniseed. The palate is dripping with juicy blueberry and plum and delivers a seamless balance between fruit, tannins and acid. Perfect with hearty meat dishes.

Winemaker's Notes

It’s a wine with genuine fruit purity that is then complemented by a range of spice; wild fennel, aniseed and a dollop of harissa. In the background there are scents of sweet wet clay on a potter’s wheel. I then smell the occasional waft of smoke that swirls around a pile of dried kelp. The flavours are full but fresh with the fruits of mulberry, blueberry and Satsuma plum. It has darkness and restrained power.

Food Match: Tunisian goat stews on a pile of fluffy couscous

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Samuel's Gorge Shiraz

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James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Deep, dense purple-crimson; has amazing depth of flavour on its multilayered full-bodied palate, redolent with blackberry, stewed plum, licorice, spice and dark chocolate, with a nice touch of oak just making itself heard. Potentially very long lived, so let's pray for the cork.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
95
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Little did we know that the inimitable Justin McNamee could look so immaculate. A vortex of concentrated black fruit of impenetrable depth swirls with flickers of mixed spice and hand-crafted finesse.
WINE100
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; a brooding full-bodied wine, with black fruits, tar, licorice and dark chocolate dominating proceedings; however, it is well balanced and has good line. The tree bark (cork) is of good quality, and has been professionally inserted, giving the wine a chance to reach full maturity in 20 years' time.
To 2029
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Has a very clear expression of its place/terroir from the first whiff of the bouquet to the long finish and aftertaste, where dark fruits merge with dark chocolate and persistent tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
94
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A black, inky wine in the glass, the '08 Samuel's Gorge shiraz has deep ripe plum and spice aromas, fennel seed and sweet cedary oak in the mix. The palate's ripe yet tangy, with abundant tarry spice, smoky elements and ripe dark-berry and plum flavour, finishing soft, supple and approachably ripe.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Dense, inky purple-crimson; utterly consistent regional expression through both bouquet and palate; black fruits, dark chocolate and coffee/mocha. The palate is supple and the outcome excellent given the vintage. Pity about the cork.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Very deep colour; dense, powerful and chock full of Christmas cake and black fruits; a massive wine, but lively, vibrant and very long on the finish
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
Goodness gracious, Sideshow Bob’s made a wine with alcohol under fifteen percent (it’s 14.5%). He must have sprung a nose bleed making such “light” wine! Imagine, if you will, the fattest-duck-and-hoi-sin-roll-scented wine lining up to run the 100m. Only problem is that it wouldn’t make the full distance at its first attempt,falling flat on its face at 85m,while every other contender sprinted past. Tortoise and hare initiatives come into play, though, and while the last 15m might take 15 months to complete, Samuel’s Gorge Shiraz 2006, with duck and hoi sin coursing through its veins, will win the hearts and minds of the cheering crowd. It’s not about being the fastest out of the blocks, it’s about looking bloody good, tasting bloody good and occasionally not playing by the rules.
Taste Food and Wine Guide 2009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
Samuel's Gorge is Justin McNamee's wine venture - he formerly worked at Tatachilla. Top wine. Bursting with black and red berries, tasteful mocha oak, some earthiness and a noticeable sense of ripe-fruited sweetness. It's a full-flavoured wine but not a heavy one, and all those lengthy, balanced flavours tend to slip down with dangerous ease - so watch out! Chewy tannins. A touch of class. You get the picture.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Complex aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate and a touch of earth; a very powerful and equally long palate reflects the same characters right through to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A medium- to full-bodied wine, with abundant ripe, though not jammy, black fruits; fine, soft tannins make the wine harmonious.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Dark colour; flooded with regional dark chocolate woven through soft blackberry and plum fruit; nice oak; just about gets away with the alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92

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