The 2008 vintage continues a remarkably strong decade of harvests in Mclaren Vale, joining 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006. An almost perfect
growing season paved the way for a remarkably strong vintage where all the strongest parcels of fruit were picked in ideal conditions.
The resultant wine has great concentration and flavour yet continues with the Gemtree trademark of fine acid and tannin lines.
Color: Purple, red with black hues.
Nose: Red cherry, cloves, violets, 100% cacao dark chocolate, sweet vanilla, black pepper and blueberries.
Palate: A multi layered generous and hugely complex wine. The dark chocolate and red berries flow richly onto the palate combining
with complex savoury oak that paves the way for a seamless finish. The highlight of this wine is the persistence which we attribute to the balance of flavour, acid and tannin.
"Deep, dense colour; regional licorice and dark chocolate overtones to the blackberry fruit of the bouquet leap from the glass, the medium- to full-bodied palate providing more of the same, with 16 months in French oak doing little more than rounding off the tannins.
Drink by: 2028
Australian Wine Companion
"A viticultural wine at its best. Hands off winemaking, purity of fruit, unfined, unfiltered, the raw gem, the uncut version. The
2008 Uncut Shiraz spent 16 months in 100% new, predominantly French oak before bottling without fining or filtration.
Captivating aromas of sandalwood, smoked meat, incense, lavender, blueberry, and chocolate lead to a layered, full-bodied, succulent Shiraz with excellent grip and length. Enjoy this pleasure-bent effort over the next 8-10 years."
The Wine Advocate