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N.V. Sami-Odi Syrah Little Wine #4

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N.V. Sami-Odi Syrah Little Wine #4

Single Bottle - Standard - 750ml


Tasting Notes:

A blend of three vintages - 17% 2012, 44% 2013 and 39% 2014 - the NV Little Wine #4 is very earthy / savory with notes of warm blackberries and stewed plums, plus some black tea and dusty earth hints. Solidly built, fresh and firm in the mouth, there's a wonderful earthy restraint about this wine. Still quite taut and lively, it could benefit from another year or two in bottle before drinking. 5088 bottles were made. 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.