Mosaic of Dreams 2018
Samuel’s Gorge. McLaren Vale. South Australia.
Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah og Carignan.
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Topvinene Mosaic of Dreams og Kaleidoscope Horizons 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
The Mosaic Of Dreams is an endeavour to make a contemporary wine of structure and finesse, inspired by the landscape and traditions of the Southern Rhone. With the inclusion of Carignan for the first time, these four grape varieties meld and sway together to the beat of McLaren Vale’s wild and rugged landscape; brash blues, the ancient ochre-coloured earth, the rose-tinted gulf as the sun sets… the Vale’s own mosaic of dreams, and a home for these grapes to shine.
The 2018 rendition is lifted and floral. Aromas of blood orange and dried strawberries rise first, followed by blackcurrant and raspberry coulis. The palate is more savoury than the nose eludes, carrying with it a sprinkling of mountain pepper enveloped by swirls of caraway seeds and native botanicals. An ethereal wine with a persistent fruit-laden finish.
Elegant and velvet-like, this wine would sit beautifully beside a plate of cold smoked venison with whipped yoghurt and beetroot.
Time in tomb: 10-15 years
Medium to deep ruby-red colour, consistent intensity from core to rim. Red cherries, sarsaparilla and pencil shavings on the nose. Layers of flavour on the palate, dark berries, wood-spices and graphite minerality keep the whole package rolling. Acidity brightens the top whilst velvet tannins guide and glide into a very long finish. There’s an alcohol viscosity and warmth that works in harmony with those tannins. A harmonious and serious wine.
95 point. The Real Review. Stuart Knox.
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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.