About The Pack
Samuel’s Gorge is one of McLaren Vale’s best-kept secrets. There, in his quiet neck of the woods, owner/winemaker Justin McNamee is on a mission to build “wines that are distinctly Australian with reference to the old world for texture, complexity and harmony.”
The Samuel's Gorge wines may be scarcely available but they are highly renowned. Shiraz and Grenache are considered his fortè, but he makes stellar examples of Tempranillo, Graciano.
This is the perfect way to sample his stellar 2016 releases.
2016 Samuel's Gorge Grenache
McNamee believes that Grenache is the variety that most honestly conveys the season. This 2016 Grenache is a flyer. It's a power-packed wine but with the reins held tight. The high-toned aromatics of McLaren Vale set to a rugged and complex backdrop.
Made in tiny volumes and notoriously difficult to track down; wines like this are the reason why Samuel's Gorge is one of the most loved indie producers in the Vale.Read more about 2016 Samuel's Gorge Grenache
2016 Samuel's Gorge Shiraz
The cellar door looks out on one of the region's most stunning vistas and the brilliance of the wines only magnify the experience. This is winemaker Justin McNamee's tribute to the Shiraz grape.
Shiraz, he says, "reins over our province and for that matter, most regions in South Australia. Its magnitude in accessibility ought not to be confused with the magnitude of fruit flavour. It has charmed the world because it delivers concentration but concentration on a multitude of levels."
It's a wine built around texture and balance, not out-and-out power. A more rustic and earthy representation of this famous coupling of variety and place. This is one of McLaren Vale's best-kept secrets.Read more about 2016 Samuel's Gorge Shiraz
2016 Samuel's Gorge Graciano
McNamee looks to the old world for inspiration in all his wines, the Graciano walks that path well. It shows the vibrant acidity and food-friendliness that has made this such a popular wine style. I
t's firm with tannin but bright with fruit, a 'Joven' style and a tasty take on this wonderful Mediterranean variety.
It is now sold out at the cellar door and will be available for a limited time.Read more about 2016 Samuel's Gorge Graciano
2016 Samuel's Gorge Tempranillo
Tempranillo is one of winemaker Justin McNamee's fortés.
From his vantage point high atop a hill at Seaview, Justin has scouted a brilliant locale for his Tempranillo vineyard. These vines yield a rustic and expressive version of this Iberian variety that is at once highly complex and highly drinkable.
This is a testament to the changing face of McLaren Vale wine. A class act red wine made from a variety other than Shiraz or Grenache. Made in small amounts as always, but undoubtedly one of Australia's finest Tempranillos.