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Sami-Odi Baby Tui 2012

The label celebrates winemaker Fraser McKinley’s grandmother’s matchbox collection from the 1930s.

This is a blend of the various plantings from the one vineyard, but all vinified by their planting date and therefore location on the Hoffman-Dallwitz vineyard. ‘Just looking at how the wines were that year [2012], it sounds cliched but the older vines [somewhere between 1888 and 1912, but planted before without formal records] were richer, riper, denser, brooding and the younger vines were picked much earlier and crunchier, maybe without the intrigue of the riper flavours of the older block, but it made sense to blend them together though each was vinified separately. You constantly look for inspiration, they don’t separate the age of vine at DRC or Chave, the components and facets help the final blend’.

There were 9 new Burgundy casks in the mix of 16 barrels in total produced for this wine. ‘I look at the wines through almost demented self-effacing eyes, when you’re whole business is based on agriculture, you have to kind of be like this. This is a very structured rendition of this site, it’s got a different shape and I feel like it’s much less relaxed and upright in its chair rather than laying down with its feet up. And if you’re going to throw your daughter’s name on the wine you better not cock it up; no matter how much time you spend with your casks it’s hard to work out how the final wine will look’, says McKinley, ‘powerful for my palate, but not so much for others, I guess’.

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Tasted : JAN14
Alcohol : 14.9%
Price : $75
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2014 - 2029
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