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2019 Sami-Odi ‘Hoffmann Dallwitz’ Syrah

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    Barossa Valley
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The Barossa is the home of Shiraz in Australia, and is the place that has seen most of the country’s famous Shiraz come to life. A lot of truly spectacular wines have emerged from this region. However, more recently there has been one man who is doing his own thing, pushing for ever-more pure and balanced wines, Fraser McKinley.

In the past, Fraser worked with the Standish Wine Company and Torbreck Vintners, but in 2006 he embarked on a totally new project. He started a small winery that goes by the curious name of Sami-Odi, producing minuscule quantities of Syrah (he doesn’t say Shiraz!) of the highest order. He doesn’t  just doesn’t make generic wines of the Barossa, but he carefully selects plots in some of the valley’s finest vineyards and vinifies them separately to create a cuvée, thus combining their strengths.

Tasting Notes

97 Points Mike Bennie
Lithe and finely wrought red of intensity, depth, complexity, concentration but lift and drive. Huge perfume, malt, boot polish, dark berries, dried leaves, liquorice, brined black olive. It’s svelte but not without juiciness, all lip-smacking dark fruits, malty notes, autumnal characters like mushroom, woody spice and faint game meat – very savoury here. Tannins court gently then build, build, build and finish with a strong, fine but tense pucker. Magnificent wine. Serious, deep and perhaps the most elegant release yet.

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