|Wine Maker:||Justin McNamee|
Wine Lovers welcome to 2017 and let’s start it off with a European flavour.
Tonight, in my hot little hands I have a Tempranillo out of McLaren Vale via Samuel’s Gorge winery. Nestled away in the Northern part of the vale. Samuel Gorge stamped its name with its Spanish and Rhone variety’s producing some very sort after Grenache, Tempranillo’s Shiraz and Mourvedre. However, I will only be looking at one, the wine that I most enjoyed during a quick tasting over the course of the last weekend. Tonight, I have sat down and analysed my bottle that I purchased over the weekend, and now I can present the wine to you all in detail
Colour: Deep Ruby Red with purple tinge.
Aroma: Dark cherry, blackcurrant, and plum. Secondary aromas of aniseed, cloves coupled along with nuances of tobacco and coffee grounds.
Palate: Medium, to medium plus with soft tannin. The wine works away effortlessly in the mouth, with dark cherry and blackcurrant. The wine gives way to a brooding oak flavour before it is snapped back by acid that brings around tomato based acid. Rinse your mouth with the wine, and you begin to pick up beautiful secondary flavours of leather, tobacco and cloves. The finish comes around and you are greeted with the unmistakable flavour of cherry wood and as the wine decants you get a chalky wet terracotta finish too.
Personal Thoughts: A very solid Tempranillo from Samuel’s Gorge. Lots of oak influence early on in its life, but it doesn’t take away from the overall characteristics of the wine. There is a lot going on with the palate that the oak never hinders but amplifies the wine. Semi sharp acid and oak tannin will keep this wine safe and enable semi long term cellaring.
Drink: Now – 2032
The SA Wine Guy