Samuel’s Gorge. McLaren Vale. South Australia.
100 % Grenache
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The primary focus of our Grenache hails from the sandy soils of the section of McLaren Vale known as Blewitt Springs. Gnarly old bush
vines yield tight bunches of small berries with calm power, concentration and complexity.
The 2018 vintage this wine is an elegant yet serious. It’s bright, red berry vibrancy and wafts of jasmine on a warm summers’ evening
lure you in with implied playfulness, only to surprise you with something a little dark and broody…
Take a sip and you’ll soon discover that despite its elegance this wine is no wallflower. Blueberries, cola and sweet spices immediately evolve and dance on the palate; as if they’re popping in a hot pan.
Fine, silky tannins fan out, filling the mouth before finishing with a balanced fresh acidity. This wine lingers, leaving you eager for the next sip.
Enjoy with a wild mushroom risotto, or freshly caught Garfish wrapped in vine leaf and brik pastry.
Time in tomb: 12+ years
15% carbonic maceration
12 months in old French oak
Bottled September 2019
***** Gold Medal. Top Rank.
Medium colour, bright. Medium bodied and very intense, a superb wine with great balance and soft, fine tannins that caress the palate. A pure grenache that stands happily on its own feet.
95 point. The Real Review. Huon Hooke.
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.