What I like about this souvenir is that it reflects and epitomises the uncommon personality of Mr McNamee himself, a personality that is indelibly inked upon the artisan wines he produces.
Suitably, the 2007 Samuels Gorge Shiraz that sits in front of me now is nothing if not characterful. Deep, dark, maroon red, almost black red in colour, looking broody and, well, very McLaren Vale. It smells of earth, of cocoa powder, molasses, beef stock and those char grilled chillis that come in your stir fry. It’s edged with blood too, or more like blood and bone, with just a bit of schtink. The taste? The taste is of meat, of chocolate and dried fruit, all mid palate chew & chunky texture, before finishing dry. It’s that dryness that marks this as a product of the 2007 vintage and it’s not for everyone, as even I found it a bit hard towards the end of the glass.
Regardless, this is a wine of uncommon texture, interest and complexity; a wine that may indeed be challenged by it’s vintage foibles, but shit it’s a beguiling wine. Scoring? Hard. I’m going conservative, influenced by the parching late palate. Still, much to like. Much. 17.4/91