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Samuel's Gorge Shiraz 2005

Syrah/Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia
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Winemaker Notes

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 +.

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JH 95
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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.
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Samuel's Gorge

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Samuel's Gorge, McLaren Vale, Australia
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.
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McLaren Vale

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Known for opulent red wines with intense power and concentration, McLaren Vale is home to perhaps the most “classic” style of Australian Shiraz. Vinified on its own or in Rhône blends with Grenache and Mourvèdre, these hot-climate wines are deeply colored and high in extract and alcohol with signature hints of dark chocolate and licorice. Cabernet Sauvignon is also produced in a similar style. Whites, often made from Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc tend to be opulent and full of tropical, stone and citrus fruit.

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Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

MNS79300251_2005 Item# 93074