Samuel’s Gorge


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GRENACHE 2020
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From the gnarly, old (80 -100 years) bush vines dry grown in the austere conditions of the Blewitt Springs slopes, along with 10% from a Claredon site. These vineyards give great, concentrated aromatics to the wine.

Hand harvested, picking earlier, then very gentle handling in the winery. Just 10% to 15% whole bunch vintage dependant. A long, slow ferment using indigenous yeast, with minimal pump overs. Pressed to tank to settle, elevage in a mix of old oak for 12-15 months, no fining and light filtration before bottling.

 

SHIRAZ 2020
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Shiraz is deeply woven into the fabric of McLaren Vale, becoming an icon of the region. Sourced from the Seaview Ridge region, along with 10% from Blewitt Springs, across 4 vineyards, with multiple picks.
The 2020 vintage was low yielding but the vines weren’t as stressed as the 2019 which came on the back of two drought vintages. Riley highlights vine health being key in 2020 offering a little more refinement this year.  Hand picked, low slow ferment over 3 to 4 weeks. 10% whole bunch used. Elevage in 20% new French oak, from a selection of coopers for 12-18months.

 

TEMPRANILLO 2021
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Sourced from the home vineyards at Samuels Gorge, this Tempranillo was planted in 1996/97. This is blended with number of smaller parcels from the Sellicks foot hills on the southern border of the region, the opposite end of the region to the home vineyard at Samuel’s Gorge.

One of these new sites they work with is planted with the new Tempranillo clones that were brought in by Yalumba a few years back, seemingly referred to as the Spanish clones. Riley and Justin have loved the acidity balance and aromatics these parcels now add to the wine.

After hand picking and destemming, the Tempranillo undergoes small batch, wild yeast, slow ferment, with 9 months in a mix of old French oak to produce a textural and juicy wine, laden with spice. The signature ‘cherry cola’ is still present but we are loving the complexity of aromas alongside this note that the new clones have added.

 

GRACIANO 2021
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This low yielding, perfumed varietal is native to Spain, but thrives in the Vale, producing vibrant, and sassy wines with intense aromatics. Justin passionately believes this variety is perfect for the conditions as it retains acid like no other red variety he makes.

Traditionally, it is blended with Tempranillo, adding aromatics and structure. As a standalone variety it is a beautifully balanced and perfumed wine with fresh acidity.

Grown on the grey sands of East Willunga, harvest is done in two picks. 25% undergoes carbonic maceration, while the remainder is destemmed but not crushed. A wild yeast ferment is long and slow, before pressing to tank and 9 months elevage in old oak.

 

MOSAIC OF DREAMS (GSM) 2016
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The Mosaic of Dreams is an endeavour to make a wine of ultimate finesse inspired by the exotic landscape of southern Rhone. This wine showcases a beautiful composition of Grenache, Mourvèdre & Syrah, focussing on the visceral rather than the literal elements.
Brash blues, the ancient ochre coloured earth, the rose-tinted gulf as the sun sets… the Vale’s own Mosaic of Dreams: a place where these grapes shine.

‘Deepish red colour with the last glimmer of purple in the rim. The bouquet is subdued, fresh-earthy and slightly vegetal, discreet and clean, while the palate opens with a lot of sweet jubey fruit and backs up with savoury earthy complexities and abundant tannin. The aftertaste is long and resonant and savoury and [acks a serious chew, plus a bit of alcohol warmth at the end. Very good.’ –  Huon Hooke, The Real Review  – 95pts