Producer Profile – The Story

RAISON D’ETRE – James Halliday –  5 star winery by James Halliday and in Justin’s words a Mosiac of dreams, with one principal philosophy, that of place

Justin McNamee and the Samuel’s Gorge clan have created a dedicated following for their wines. By focusing on 3 core varieties with the focus on conveying what makes McLaren Vale one of Australia’s most unique and wonderful regions. It is the wealth of different sites each capable of conveying its own story through its wine that drives Justin not just to create wines that reflect terroir but are uniquely McLaren Vale.
Anyone who has spent time with Justin or any of the Samuel’s Gorge team at the cellar door can attest to the pride, passion and commitment to the region present in every wine they make, realizing the true potential of some of the ancient vineyard sites throughout the Vale. It is this connection to the land and passion for place that makes the great wines of the world just that.
Open air winery, 100 year old slate open fermenters. Wines left on gross lees for 12 months in barrel then racked and 10 months in bottle.