2008 Gemtree "Uncut" Shiraz Mclaren Vale South Australia (Elsewhere $22)

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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 Uncut Shiraz spent 16 months in 100% new, predominantly French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Captivating aromas of sandalwood, smoked meat, incense, lavender, blueberry, and chocolate lead to a layered, full-bodied, succulent Shiraz with excellent grip and length. Enjoy this pleasure-bent effort over the next 8-10 years." 95 points James Halliday's Wine Companion: "Deep, dense colour; regional licorice and dark chocolate overtones to the blackberry fruit of the bouquet leap from the glass, the medium- to full-bodied palate providing more of the same, with 16 months in French oak doing little more than rounding off the tannins." As I've said before, from the first time I tasted the wines from Gemtree, they have shown impressively for their quality and value. They are also leading the way with organic/biodynamic viticulture and are sponsoring the "greening" of Australia with their donations, and have been noted by James Halliday as one of the "dark horse" Australian wineries.This wine that is unfined and unfiltered is sourced from a 40 year old vineyard on Tatty Road Block in McLaren Vale that displays a nose of dark plum, blueberry, black berry, licorice and notes of mocha and toffee. On the palate, the wine shows classic McLaren Vale acidity with seamless balance, fine silky tannins, a juicy mouth-feel, and very fine length. This is a superb wine at a knockout price. (Jim Chanteloup)

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By: Steve Bearden |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/5/2010  | Send Email
The Gemtree portfolio of wines all out perform at their respective price points and this might be their best. The entry here is all about dark fruit, spice and a touch of camphor. Very concentrated and rich, but not jammy this has enough acid and gritty tannic backbone to carry the fruit. This is a well made Shiraz for those seeking a little more structure than you will usually find in a $20.00 Aussie.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/23/2010  | Send Email
This is a big, bold Shiraz that manages to crank out the horsepower with surprising grace. When I tasted it today with Jimmy C, I couldn't help but think of Ridge Lytton Springs, another big wine that never goes "over the top". The flavors are all ripe blue berry and black pepper, and the wine is very full bodied. The finish comes together nicely, and I think that this would be an excellent partner for slow and low BBQ. Where is the pulled pig?

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.
Country:

Australia

- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great Region are in the southeastern area of the continent, with the Barossa Valley, Claire Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia, the Yarra Yarra Velley and Pyrenees in Victoria and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling from the land Down Under. While many equate Aussie wines with "value", there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from Australia.
Sub-Region:

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

McLaren Vale

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5
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