a real gem from mclaren vale

October 4, 2010  |  wine review

After tasting this wine with a sesame beef stir-fry, I couldn’t wait to post the review and get my subscribers out purchasing for Christmas. The wine in question is the 2008 Gemtree Uncut Shiraz from McLaren Vale. It is an absolute pearler, a wonderful example of fine Australian Shiraz.

McLaren Vale has been famous for Australian Shiraz for 150 years and is one of Australia’s oldest wine growing regions. It lies only 30 minutes from Adelaide and is a stunningly beautiful area to visit. If you like a full favoured, oaked peachy chardonnay, there are plenty of examples, but the Shiraz alternatives through the Vale are magnificent.

Gemtree Vineyards is owned and run by third generation grapegrowers, the Buttery Family. The family is dedicated to producing iconic wines of the highest quality from their McLaren Vale vineyards which since 2008 have been farmed 100% biodynamically.

The 2008 Gemtree Uncut Shiraz, comes from a great vintage in McLaren Vale. It sells for between $22 and $26 in retail outlets, but qualifies for my $15 to $20 price bracket on two counts. Refreshingly, here is one cellar door that is cheaper than the big discounters. It’s available at $19 to Gemtree 1851 club members (and $20 by the dozen at Kemeny’s).

My tasting notes follow:

“Succulent sweet fruit on the nose, with blueberries and sweet vanilla overtones with complex cloves and pepper. A magnificent, multilayered wine with savoury oak and generous fruit with hints of violets. It’s beautifully balanced for a young wine but will cellar well for many years. I like the length and seamless finish in this 14.5% gem. 94/100″

So, line up and get a case for Christmas. In fact buy three cases and try one every month for three years! What a marvellous investment.

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