Claymore, You’ll Never Walk Alone, 2012£14.95
All those vibrant fruits shine on the palate, which is surprisingly soft and round. Soaked plums and dark jammy flavours are balanced by savoury all-spice and bitter chocolate; the wine finishes with a warm tickle.
Fox Creek, ‘Postmaster’, Grenache, Shiraz, Mouvedre 2015£17.45
This wine was named in honour of Henry Malpas, father of James Stanley Malpas (JSM), who was the first owner of the plot of land that is now the home of Fox Creek. As well as building the beautiful Willunga House in 1849 (which still stands magnificently in St Peters Tce, Willunga) he opened a General Store and took over the Mail duties from the local police in 1852. His role as Willunga’s first Postmaster, and the punishing schedule that came with it, continued until 1873 when the new post office was built.
Bright, cherry red appearance. A nose of raspberry and cherry, hints of strawberries and cream, ginger nut biscuits with cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
A luscious palate dominated by mulberry, raspberries and red cherries leading into a plum, strawberry and crème caramel mid palate. The wine has well integrated oak, balanced and elegant tannins with a silky, persistent finish. The Old Vine Grenache delivers the perfumed lift and juicy red berry fruits, with the Old Vine Shiraz adding the fleshy plum and strawberries on the mid palate. The old vine tannins give the wine an elegance and structure with the Mourvedre tying the palate together by adding tannin volume and some earthy, gritty texture. This is a classic regional blend that shows off the varieties that do well.
Rusty Mutt, ‘Rocky Ox’ GSM, 2015£18.95
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 Mourvedre, 2014£24.50
It is understood that Mourvèdre originates from the coastal city of Mataro in Catalonia. It’s appropriate then that Mourvèdre shines in warm and windswept McLaren Vale’s whose climate is reminiscent of the Iberian peninsula. The vineyard for this variety sits in an idyllic position; a North facing slope near Sellicks Hill where the consistent maritime breezes of St. Vincent’s Gulf cool and ventilate the bunches.
Mourvedre, more often regarded as nothing more than a blending component in a wine, should not and will not be overlooked once you try Samuel’s Gorge Mourvedre. It confidently can stand its ground on its own.
Winemaker Justin McNamee recommends that you find a substantial balloon glass for this one; it has so much depth it warrants good crystal and a solid swirl to loosen the extraordinary detail. The aromatics thunder with Liquorice Allsorts, star anise, a red delicious toffee apple. Spice, finesse and natural rusticity are apt descriptors for this wine.
Samuel’s Gorge, ‘Mosaic of Dreams’, 2013£45.95
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.
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