Sami-Odi Little Wine #8 Syrah (Barossa Valley)

Tasting Notes
Sami-Odi Little Wine #8 is our eighth rendition of ‘Little Wine’ and is assembled from five contrasting seasons and offers a relaxed feel akin to its predecessors, with just-ripe fruits and dried herbs foiled by a plush earthen belly and silken texture.

Its lifted aromatics and loose-knit nature make it conveniently approachable now and for my taste it's best enjoyed over the next year or two.

The two wines release this year (2019) will notably benefit from decanting and once opened will continue to unfold and develop complexities for many days, even weeks if kept in cool conditions. Winery Notes

There were 24 barrels of this wine produced, a smaller release than last year (2018). As always, a blend of vintages, “the struggle is always ripeness and acidity”, offers the ever-thoughtful vigneron Fraser McKinley. Interestingly, there is a component of the Little Wine #7 that finds its way into this wine, “I drained two barrels off of the #7; I’ve had a fun time with it, but it’s also a kind of way of lending more detail, taking the wine more seriously”. - Wine Front Interview with Fraser McKinley

"This year sees an exacting blend of 2018 (48%), 2017 (29%), 2016 (12%), 2015 (9%) and 2012 (2%) vintages.

This is so good. It’s not just the shape of the wine, the inviting perfume, the cornucopia of flavours, but the general sense of compulsion to drink. And drink. Violets, exotic spice, game meat, pepper/dried green herb and dark berries/plums greet from the bouquet. A suppleness up front in the palate, that soothing swish of dark fruit, cool acidity, then light peppery spice weaves its way in and there’s the detail… earth, mineral, elemental things, and a shuffle of ultra-fine, high class threads of velour tannin. Elegance might be a good word but the depth of flavour, grunty, red-earth-on-blue-King-Gee-work-shirt character and dripping generosity of true-blue Barossa is peering under the veil of the wine. Hard to find better from the region."

97+ Points - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, January 2019, Drink: 2019 - 2019-2028+

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Winemaker Fraser McKinley's Sami-Odi 2019 release of Little Wine #8 is a non-vintage shiraz and as always a guaranteed sellout every release. McKinley's interesting approach to winemaking and viniculture is one to be admired including lunar cycle considerations.

An unvintaged ‘assemblage’ composed of casks from 2018 (48%), 2017 (29%), 2016 (12%), 2015 (9%) & 2012 (2%). Exclusively sourced from our treasured plots within the Hoffmann’s ‘Dallwitz’ vineyard from vines planted in 1996, 1995, 1960 & the oldest vines planted prior to 1912. 6415 bottles were filled. Our simple yet attentive farming philosophy remains unchanged, with paramount importance placed on prudence, organics and our alignment with lunar rhythms. All cuts are made amid descending moons and with the greatest of care, yearning to produce fine canes, balanced clusters and small berries with firm and resilient skins. Shoot thinning, suckering and crop paring are all integral parts of our annual cycle with an ideal to farm as simply as possible, resulting in the harvest of healthy fruit early in the season that requires no adjustments and little intervention.

Our cellar practices continue this premise; hand sorted clusters endure their primary fermentation at whatever pace the season dictates, without the use of destemming, pumps, yeasts, enzymes or temperature control. The whole clusters are gently pigeaged by foot prior to basket pressing into Burgundian Pièces where they complete both their primary and malolactic fermentations. To encourage the retention of naturally occurring carbon dioxide (a by-product of fermentation and a natural preservative and antioxidant) the wines are not racked or clarified during their elevage and remain on their lees until they are assembled. Winery Notes

Label: Retna Study (Marquis Lewis) – Painted 2018
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RegionBarossa Valley
StateSouth Australia
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