Samuel's Gorge Shiraz 2005
Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
This wine has deep mulberry and ink well tones on the nose. It has plumy and baked quince on the palate. In my mind it is relatively easy to hit volume of fruit (particularly on the palate) but it is hard to hit pitch. The palate finishes with texture and vibrancy. I would think this wine will cellar very well. 10 years +.
Australian Wine Companion - "Complex aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate and a touch of earth; a very powerful and equally long palate reflects the same characters right through to the finish."
Samuel's Gorge Winery
The wines of Samuel's Gorge are driven by their texture. There is a common rustic nature supporting the fruit drive in all three wines. Winemaker Justin McNamee embraces savory elements to complement the natural richness in the wines. He works hard to ensure that all the features of the wine are all in line and ultimately present wines that are great to drink and yet have structural support to ensure that they cellar well. View all Samuel's Gorge Wines
About McLaren ValeView a map of McLaren Vale wineries
McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
Notable FactsIn McLaren Vale, there are vines as far as the eye can see. As in other parts of Australia, Shiraz and Grenache are the top grapes of the region, with some Cabernet Sauvignon planted as well. While red rules, whites are able to hold their own here too. With the warm yet reasonable Mediterranean climate, white grapes like Chardonnay, Semillon and even some Sauvignon Blanc grow well. The wines are round and smooth and the producers in the regions are excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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