Samuels Gorge Wines
McLaren Vale, South Australia
Grape Variety: 100% Mouvedre
Growing Region: McLaren Vale
Vintage: It is understood that Mourvèdre originates from the coastal city of Mataro in Catalonia. It’s appropriate then that Mourvèdre shines in our warm windswept Vale where the nuance of colours and the rhythm of the landscape are reminiscent of the Iberian peninsula. The vineyard for this variety of intrigue 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.
Nose: 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 with oh so much more…
Palate: The 2012 is veiled in a velvet cloak of dark violet, purple and ruby. Expect something extraordinary and this wine delivers: an aromatic explosion of intriguing dark brambly forest fruits, blood plums, Provencal herbs, a patina of dark chocolate and the unmistakeable minerality of an ancient landscape.
Pairing: Rich foods to absorb the high tannin. Look for meats with lots of umami like beef short ribs, pork shoulder, barbeque, lamb, rabbit, pork sausage and veal.
Cellaring: Drink now or age beautifully for 10 to 15 years