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2013 Sami-Odi Syrah DW-OLD - Magnum

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2013 Sami-Odi Syrah DW-OLD - Magnum

Single Bottle - Magnum - 1.5 Liters


Tasting Notes:

2013 was the worst frosting ever for the Hoffmans followed by 2014, which was even worse. From a harvest that was cropped at 5.7 hectoliters per hectare, the 2013 DW-Old opens to black and red fruit, raspberry leaves, anise and lavender with hints of earth, tree bark and moss. The palate shows a lovely harmony and richness, and while the firm and grainy tannins need time, it has a nice brightness dotted with floral notes through the long and earthy finish.All Sami-Odi wines are 100% Shiraz, all from the same single vineyard in the Ebeneezer sub-region of Barossa Valley. Each year the vintage Shiraz release is given a new name and label. The non-vintage “Little Wine” label is a blend of vintages from declassified lots that don’t make the cut for the Sami-Odi vintage wine.

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Fraser McKinley, an ex-pat Kiwi who came to these shores about 10 years ago with no winemaking experience, honed his craft at Barossa icons Torbreck, Massena and Standish and in 2006 managed to convince Adrian Hoffman, owner of the renowned Dallwitz vineyard, to lease him four rows,one-third of a hectare of Shiraz.Fraser managed these vines organically, eschewing the usual sprays for a more natural approach, and after several years the results spoke for themselves.Fraser usually produces two wines each year, from these leased vines (planted in 1995 and 1996) as well as small parcels of older vines - some more than 100 years of age - from the Dallwitz and occasionally other Barossa sites. These wines are truly unique, idiosyncratic, and genuinely rare.