Samuel’s Gorge, ‘Mosaic of Dreams’, 2016£49.95
The Mosaic of Dreams is an endeavour to make a wine of ultimate finesse inspired by the exotic landscape of southern Rhone. This wine showcases a beautiful composition of Grenache, Mourvèdre & Syrah, focussing on the visceral rather than the literal elements. Brash blues, the ancient ochre coloured earth, the rose-tinted gulf as the sun sets… the Vale’s own Mosaic of Dreams: a place where these grapes shine.
The wine opens with dark briary fruit, grated nutmeg and the spice of smoked cola with wild notes of ancient tonic. Tamarind paste and dried tangerine peel combine with star anise and roasted pine nuts to fill out the palate. The fine-boned tannins complete the profile. This is a harmonious wine, it dances effortlessly and has a persistent lingering finish.
Samuel’s Gorge, Kaleidoscope Horizons , 2016£49.95
The 2016 Kaleidoscope Horizons is the more boisterous of the Samuel’s Gorge reserve blends. The wine is structurally supported by a tessellation of Tempranillo tannins, allowing Grenache to sing, Graciano to provide aromatics and acidity.
This beguiling blend will lead you down a path of smouldering cherry wood, marshy bogs, cured pancetta and cacao nibs. The wine grants the avid and willing taster a spice matrix accompanied by dark lifted aromatics of poached satsuma plum and polished mulga wood. Like clouds rumbling over the ocean, the elements of this wine gather and are then refracted like an ever-changing kaleidoscope, finishing with poise and structure.
The wine transcends one to Ho Chin Minh city night market; an intoxicating atmosphere, that like the wine, is wildly enticing. Crispy peking duck pancake with a dash of hoisin sauce.
Samuel’s Gorge, Tempranillo 2018£27.95
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.”
Vegan Friendly Mixed Case£59.70
The reason that all wines are not vegan or even vegetarian-friendly has to do with how the wine is clarified and a process called ‘fining’. All young wines are hazy and contain tiny molecules such as proteins, tartrates, tannins and phenolics. These are all natural, and in no way harmful. Most wines, if left long enough, will self-stabilize and self-fine. However, traditionally producers have used a variety of aids called ‘fining agents’ to help the process along. Fining agents help precipitate out these haze-inducing molecules. Essentially, the fining agent acts like a magnet – attracting the molecules around it. Traditionally the most commonly used fining agents were casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein). These fining agents are known as processing aids. They are not additives to the wine, as they are precipitated out along with the haze molecules.
The case price of £59.7 includes a 10% discount off the RRP case price of £66.35. The selection is as follows:
Zerella, ‘La Gita’, Arneis, 2015
‘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.
Zerella, La Gita, Fiano 2017
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.
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.
Production: 666 six packs