Kaleidoscope Horizons 2018
Samuel’s Gorge. McLaren Vale. South Australia.
Grenache, Graciano og Tempranillo
Ny årgang netop ankommet!
Sammen med Mosaic of Dreams, er Kaleidoscope Horizons Samuel’s Gorges topvin. Vinene fra Samuel’s Gorge emmer af finesse, elegance og stemning. Man åbner ikke bare for en vin, men for en fortælling.
To smell is to see, to taste is to know. Samuel’s Gorge is a mosaic of dreams, with one principal philosophy, that of place…
(Justin McNamee, winemaker)
Noter fra vinmageren
Despite its tendency to be the more sultry and audacious of the two Samuel’s Gorge reserve blends, the 2018 Kaleidoscope Horizons does sit somewhat closer to its counterpart. Here, we draw our inspiration from Rioja; of which we share so much in common. Our climate, culture, and a fierce love of wine, food, family and celebration connect us here in McLaren Vale quite closely to the heart of Spanish culture.
This is a special wine where articulation of the aromatics are key. Aromas of briary fruits, red plum, cigar box and a dusting of nutmeg mirage the delicate violets, pomegranate and roasted almond undertones. A gentle ribbon of acidity floats across the palate, finding harmony with the firm but finessed tannins to carry the fruit forward for as many years as you have patience. You will be blessed to have this wine in your collection.
The pairing options are endless but we think grilled lamb chops marinated in olive oil, mustard seeds, garlic, rosemary and parsley will compliment perfectly with a juicy Greek salad.
Time in tomb: 10-15 years
Medium to deep ruby colour. A nose of cured-meats, black fruits and mountain herbs. A full palate but focused well. Dark berry and meat notes abound. A lot of textural elements, fine acid, silken tannins and an alcohol viscosity makes it glide and flow deep and long. Lots of layers making for an intriguing glass
95 point. The Real Review. Stuart Knox.
Om Samuel’s Gorge
Samuel’s Gorge er et af de smukkest beliggende winery 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.