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Sami-Odi Little Wine #3

‘When you put everything you’ve got into it, you feel exposed, it’s nice to show these wines, but scary, but when it’s people you respect, it’s nice to have the time of day to be able to pour it – if you’ve done your best and been honest, then there’s not much you can do’, says the self-deprecating, delightful winemaker Fraser McKinley.

Carries on directly from last year, is 2011, 2012 and 2013. Seven barrels from 2012, four from 2013 and one from 2011. ‘This whole thing was about an educational project, to ideals I had, this was my mentality and direction. The thing that got it over the line for me, I really liked the idea that the French mentality I have experienced is root up, grow, make, bottle, not have idea for wine first then source and make’. It was in 2011 that the first Little Wine was produced, ‘the non-vintage part didn’t really matter to me, but 2010 I made was blocky, 2011 so delicate, they just looked great together. The idea was to make a wine to make for friends and neighbours, like petit vin in Burgundy, something blended and drunk for day to day’.

‘We’re not looking at a hot year, a cold year, an early year for picking, it’s a transparent wine for the fruit from vineyard, I don’t pick for Little Wine, just do my best with the vineyard and then looking at the constant that the property can make, possibly the best expression I can make is multi-vintage’, says McKinley, ‘I’m very much at peace with this wine, it’s a fun thing to do’.

‘The thing I like about the non vintage blending is the way the different components work together, and the blending process, particularly the way age works with these wines. Like the 2011 was never meant to spend two or more years in barrel, was such a green wine, but with a clean bill of health it worked as something that could go together with the other components’.

All syrah here. There is a component of new barrel in this blend, though the balance is unimportant in the scheme of things, McKinley looking to get a suite of wood . Talking about the 2014 vintage it is looking like 200 to 400 kilograms per hectare, which is the lowest in living memory for the generational farmers of the Dallwitz Vineyard. Frost has had its way with the vines this season…

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Tasted : JAN14
Alcohol : 14.2%
Price : $40
Closure : Cork
Drink : 2014 - 2018
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