Samuel’s Gorge. McLaren Vale. South Australia.
Noter fra vinmageren
This grape is one that really excites us. Native to Spain but thriving in our Mediterranean climate, Graciano is a dynamic, aromatic varietal that typically contributes structure and aging potential to blends. As a standalone variety it is a beautiful balanced, perfumed wine with delicious fresh acidity. It is the newest addition to the Samuel’s Gorge range, yet already has a solid fanbase.
Rich, vibrant and extremely expressive, the 2020 Graciano makes a standout first impression. This is no wallflower; it is definitely the life of the party. The aromatic range is vast, with notes of dark fruit, bolstered with layered spice and a fresh, almost salty aroma, reminiscent of walking past sun-baked coastal shrubland.
The palate is textural, medium bodied, with a long meandering finish. Weightier flavours of pepper, dried cherry, cocoa and blueberries are in balance with a light and bright acidity.
This vivacious wine will evolve and age stunningly, holding nothing back, yet drinks beautifully in its youth. Enjoy this as we did at our ‘End of Harvest’ Easter Dinner, with Chef Wayne Leeson’s lees-brined Ling, panzanella salad and skordalia.
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Om Samuel’s Gorge
Samuel’s Gorge er måske det smukkest beliggende winery, vi var på i Australien. Alt samles ved Samuel’s Gorge. Navnet Gorge, der betyder kløft, beskriver godt indtrykket af Samuel’s Gorge, der som på et knivsæg balancerer mellem kløften til den rå Onkaparinga National Park og skråningen og vidderne mod havet og civilisationen. Her mødes det rå og voldsomme med det kultiverede og sofistikerede. Netop sådan er vinene fra Samuel’s Gorge.
Selve cellar door’en byder på en udsigt som få over nationalparken, udsigt over smukke vinmarker kombineret med aura fra de historiske bygninger fra 1853. Man bliver fortryllet med det samme. Stedet kan man desværre ikke tage med sig hjem, men det kan man med vinene. Samuel’s Gorge er stedet de andre vinsteder anbefaler! Vi fik selv Samuel’s Gorge anbefalet ud af få fra Greenock Creek i Barossa Valley. Samuel’s Gorge tiltrækker sig beundring alle vegne. Med rette. Winemaker Justin McNamee er en personlighed, der sætter sine spor i historien. Den Sydney’ske vinskribent Mike Bennie beskriver Justin McNamee således: “There’s bits ‘n’ pieces seemingly everywhere, but within the chaos is a magnificent winemaker orchestrating through minimal intervention, some of the Vale’s most exciting wines.”
Samuel’s Gorge is a mosaic of dreams, with one principal philosophy, that of place.
Justin McNamee established Samuel’s Gorge in 2003 in a farm shed built in 1853 overlooking the Onkaparinga River National Park located in the Seaview subregion of McLaren Vale. The Samuel’s Gorge label is an impression of the rugged landscape that is viewed from the winery.
A wines’ style is steered by the soil in which the vine grows, the vintage conditions and the imagination of a winemaker. The soils of the region vary dramatically across the McLaren Vale basin that then opens to the coast in the west. Specialising in four key varietals Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre and Tempranillo, grapes are strategically sourced from a range of sites and soils in order to achieve great depth and complexity of flavour.
The wines of Samuel’s Gorge are hand crafted wines that are distinctly Australian with reference to the old world for texture, complexity and harmony. Having great patience, the fermentations of each parcel of fruit are long and slow in open slate fermenters which date back 100 years. The grapes are pressed off using traditional basket press methods with the wines being transferred to oak to mature. These many components are then blended together to achieve harmony within each of the Samuel’s Gorge wines.
The wines of Samuel’s Gorge represent the personality of the maker and are driven by their nose, texture, silkiness and intrigue. There is a common rustic nature supporting the fruit drive and natural richness in all three wines. Ultimately we present wines that are great to drink and yet have structural support to ensure that they cellar well.