Rusty Mutt, ‘Rocky Ox’ GSM, 2015£16.50
The GSM blend is an 'Australian-ised' version of the French Cotes du Rhone blend. This blend is all about youth, freshness, spice and complexity with very little oak influence.
The name 'rocky ox' comes from winemaker, Scott Heidrich's daughter. He describes her as an “Earth Ox in the Chinese Astrological calendar, so I thought it was fitting as Grenache can show some fantastic earthiness as it develops.”
“The colour is youthful and vibrant and pretty much what you’d expect for a young wine! The aroma is so expressive showing tomato vine, smoked meats, raspberry, guava, blackberry and cloves with charcoal, olive and dense clay earth filling the glass. Once in the mouth you experience so much more. Concentrated ripe pomegranate, fleshy fruit, spice, firm acidity and a lengthy tannic grip. I love this wine, can’t you tell?!” Scott Heidrich, Winemaker.
Anthony Rose, Decanter (March 2016) comments:
“Evolving nicely, intriguing iodine, nutmeg, savoury and mulberry and plummy fruit on the palate with firm acidity. Juicy, supple texture and firm but balanced tannins on the finish. Lovely overall balance and texture, a northern or southern Rhone meets Oz blend?”
Samuel’s Gorge Grenache, 2017£25.50
Justin McNamee of historic Samuel's Gorge cements the sense of place in all of his wines. His old gnarly bush vine grenache grapes are from sub-region Blewitt Springs and this wine is an Olympian in full glory: layer upon layer of every red fruit studded with cardamon, clove and cinnamon, reminiscent of the spice markets of British India.
The 2017 Samuel’s Gorge Grenache is elegant, opening with peppery blood orange and cinnamon. Hints of amaro, field strawberries and undergrowth abound before light, delicate tannins flood the mouth with cherry, faint liquorice and soft red fruits, leaving a fresh acid zing and persistent spice-laden finish.
The wine is bright, inviting you out into a summer’s day of adventure embracing the unknown with beloved friends. The possibilities are endless!
Samuel’s Gorge Mixed Case (6 bottles)£140.00
Samuel’s Gorge hand crafted wines are distinctly Australian with reference to the old world for texture, complexity and harmony. Having great patience, the fermentations of each parcel of fruit are long and slow in open slate fermenters lined with beeswax which date back 100 years. The grapes are pressed off using traditional basket press methods with the wines being transferred to oak to mature. These many components are then blended together to achieve harmony within each of the Samuel’s Gorge wines.
Specialising in four key varietals Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre and Tempranillo, grapes are strategically sourced from a range of sites and soils in order to achieve great depth and complexity of flavour.
The 6 bottle case price of £140 includes a 10% discount on the RRP case price of £155.90. The selection is as follows:
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.