Wine of the week

Gemtree Vineyards Uncut Shiraz, McLaren Vale 2010 $25


Gemtree is biodynamically farmed and certified organic. It’s owned by the Buttery family, with the help of recent Chinese investment. The founders’ daughter Melissa is vineyard manager and her husband Mike Brown is winemaker. This wine is a classic example of the great buys that abound from the superb 2010 vintage. The colour is deep with black tinges and a purple rim; the aromas are of blackberry, dark plum and violets, with a lick of discreet toasty, savoury oak. There are spices galore throughout the wine. In the mouth, concentration is the key word. It’s a quite muscular wine of density, fleshy texture, drying tannins and a long finish. Drink now to 2025. 14.5 per cent alcohol. 94/100

Food: all red meats, especially grilled and barbecued. Also hard cheeses such as parmesan, pecorino, Pyrenees brebis, comte and cheddar.

Ranked #8 of 90 2010 Shiraz tasted from McLaren Vale

Price Benchmark: $57.33
Avg 94pt 2010 Shiraz tasted from McLaren Vale

Winery Rating: 87.6
Weighted average of their top 5 recently tasted wines

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