Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Perfect balance in wine cannot be manufactured, it occurs naturally. Gemtree achieves this elusive idyll. Uncut has distinguished itself throughout the vintages with Double Gold in San Fransisco, Blue Gold in Sydney and Silver Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. Hand selected from forty year old vines grown to the estate's Tatachilla Road Vineyard, Uncut Shiraz requires very little intervention. The synergy between fruit and oak, acid and tannin are seamless and sublime.
Hands off winemaking, purity of fruit, unfined and unfiltered, a raw gem, the uncut version. In 1980 Paul and Jill Buttery purchased their first property on Tatachilla Road, a 38-acre vineyard of Cabernet and Shiraz with a limited supply of mains water. Over the years some of the original site was grafted to white varietals and has since been converted back to various clones of Shiraz. The incredibly low yields across the Uncut blocks have translated into an amazingly powerful wine. Minimally pruned vines, open ferments, gentle pressing and minimal fining and filtration, these are the maxims. A dozen or so Wiltipole sheep amongst the vines help reduce weeds and keep the grass mown around the place.
Deep crimson, purple hues. Satsuma plums, licorice, white pepper, black jubes, mocha, red cherry, hints of cinnamon and savoury oak. A complex web of flavours that traverse the palate. The front is dominated by a darker spectrum of fruits, blackberry, plums and blueberry. A definitive concentration of uncut Shiraz characters, yet elegant with a degree of restraint.