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Samuels Gorge Shiraz 2020

The fruit for this wine comes from my favourite growers; most I have known for ever. They all enjoy a drink as much as I do, more often than not from their own blocks. I source fruit from vineyards of massive contrasts in geology and aspect to the sun; most have elevation and therefore smell sea breeze. 30 % of the Shiraz is estate grown on our rocky ridge (dark berry fruit flavours and mature fine tannins).

It would be tedious of me to try and detail all of the nuances of this wine. It does cascade with an extraordinary complexity on both on the palate and up the nose . It takes me to a place picking blackberries in the hills to make into the tastiest conserve; be careful of the browns. It's not just about the fruit but the entire summer landscape. Given time it may prove to be one of our classics. Our house style is driven by skin contact in the ferment. In 2008 we realized early that the season had delivered us a higher than usual tannin scenario so we tended to work the skins a little less. In hind sight I am very glad we did. This wine is matured in about 20 % new oak (a little less new oak than usual) from an arsenal of coopers. I choose barrels that contribute fine tannins and earth flavours. A little smoke and char for complexity. In ferment we engage some endemic, wild yeast that further the cause for savory flavours.


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