The nose delivers wafts of rich, simmering ragout, sun-dried tomatoes and drying bundles of sage. Then red fruits prevail – cranberries and strawberries followed by compote of kumquat, raw cacao, sweet spice and old school burnt, brittle toffee. The flavours allude to sweet French jambon and preserved plum pudding. With fine-boned tannins, this wine glides hand-in-hand all the way from the nose to the elegant finish.
From a special little vineyard block perched atop of Samuel’s Gorge Seaview Estate; a merry dance of cherry, feminine floral’s and a charming tannin line.
Winemaker Justin has a merry dance with Tempranillo through each vintage, what he calls a Jekyll and Hyde. The vineyard is set amongst the clutches of a rocky, windswept ridge exposed to the Gulf and it’s fair to say that this Iberian hero is an interpretation of its landscape.
Winemaker, Justin McNamee’s tasting note:
“Aromas of jamon Serrano, lavender, dried sage, sun worn dusty limestone walls infiltrate the senses. Be prepared for an extended journey in the cellar with this one; it’s a stayer and may take a while to settle into its stride.”
‘La Gita’ refers to ‘the journey’ and celebrates Jim Zerella’s Italian ancestry and honours his forefathers.
Attractive flinty citrus blossom aromas, spicy pear and almond notes. A rich bodied and intriguing style where mouth feel and textural elements are key. This well- balanced wine finishes with freshness and zest.
Grapes sourced from Zerella’s Peters Creek Vineyard, Kangarilla which sits at an altitude of 330 metres above sea level creates this Arneis, which was grafted to 4.64 acres of Pinot Noir in 2011 and all fruit was hand harvested.
Jim Zerella’s Winemaking Notes:
Hand harvested at full flavor ripeness, gently whole bunch pressed straight into old large format oak barrels on full press solids, allowed to slowly begin natural fermentation, slow cool fermentation at 15-18ºC. Fermented to dryness and matured on press and fermentation lees for four months prior to being bottled.
94 Points – 2019 Halliday Wine Companion
94 Points – Halliday 2018 Cellaring Selections
Bronze Medal – 2017 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show
Lifted elderflower, smoky spice and cut lemongrass, all hallmark flavours of this refreshing variety.
Grapes were sourced from Zerella’s Peters Creek Vineyard, Kangarilla which sits at an altitude of 330 mtrs above sea level. Fiano was grafted to 2.5 acres of Shiraz in 2013 and all fruit was hand harvested on 24th March, 2017.
Winemaking Notes A native variety of Campania Italy, seems to grow exceptionally well in the hills surrounding McLaren Vale. The fruit was hand harvested, chilled and then a combination of whole bunch and destem/crushed fruit were pressed and blended together. Cold settled and racked bright before starting a cool fermentation at 14ºC for three weeks. Fermented completely sugar dry and then left for one month on yeast lees before being naturally clarified and then bottled.