Samuel’s Gorge. McLaren Vale. South Australia.
100 % Grenache
Super flot, harmonisk og velafbalanceret grenache. Duft af mørk chokolade, brombær, kirsebær og smagsnuancer af brombær, hindbær, ribs, kirsebær og peber. Flot sødme og mouth filling viskositet. Årgang 2015 når efter min vurdering samme høje niveau som årgang 2014.
Samuel’s Gorge vine oser af finesse og klasse.
Senest bedømt i november 2017.
4.1 på vivino.com
Noter fra vinmageren
Grace and elegance are the signatures of this sleek wine. It dances effortlessly across the palate with lashings of Pomegranates, charred beets and all things red berry. It is sophisticated, but definitely no wallflower. Tantalisingly refreshing, prickly pear sorbet complimented with foraged wild tayberry and blackberries. The flavours are strongly linked to the aromas: vibrant, bright red cherry, zesty twist of a tangelo rind and piquant quince paste shaded with dried oregano and wisps of white pepper. It embraces the rusticity of ancient earth and a signature Vale flint: subtle hints of the sea in delicate ribbons of nori, the savoury umami of white miso. Bright acids and texturally intriguing fine, chalky tannins give amazing line and length.
The primary focus of our Grenache hails from the North Easterly facing wing of the valley we call Blewitt Springs. It’s a sheltered corner within our region that delights in the morning sun and is well protected from the extremes of summer. It’s the subtle differences of aspect and elevation, harshness of the geology, the symbiotic relationship between aromas of flora on ancient soils and the brightness of the light. The image of the rising standard of the yucca plant peppering the untamed Australian landscape. We are inspired by the unmistakeable signature of our province and its unique expression in Grenache.
Without question, no two vintages in any cultivar are the same and that particularly applies when dealing with our old, gnarly bush-vine Grenache vineyards. Vintage 2015 was nearly perfect. A remarkably moderate summer in terms of temperature variability; idyllic really in our warm, coastal province. We didn’t see a drop of rain on the horizon, but we’ve long wisened to that.
To keep us on our toes however the intangibles of the Vale came into play with unruly gully winds from the southwest and vivid light serving as signatures of this harvest season. Wind weary vines yielded tight bunches and small berries with restrained power, concentration and ripe tannins. With a nod to the 2011 vintage that will forevermore serve as our benchmark for this style, we are stoked that the grace and detail of the 2015 have not strayed too far from this standard.
We have had quite a journey with the Old Vine Grenache in our region for well over a hundred years and for me more recently over the last fifteen or so. Every year it becomes more engaging to make and polarising to taste. Find yourself lost in the aromatic charm of Grenache – transported back to our vista on the hill…
Time in tomb: 8-10 years.
Tasting this Grenache takes me back to the lazy and chilled out feels of people lying on the lawn at the cellar door a couple of months ago. There’s not many Cellar Door experiences like it. Winemaker Justin McNamee describes it best in my review of his Pinata People Gamay.
A spicy sucker, this Grenache is loaded with juicy raspberry and strawberry goodness. Medium bodied, some char and dried herb add further layers of interest finishing dry and dusty. Don’t be afraid to serve it slightly chilled. Great drinking whatever way you look at it.
Drink now to six years.
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.