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2006 Gemtree Bloodstone Shiraz (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Gemtree Vineyards gemtreevineyards.com.au   details
Appellation: McLaren Vale - South Australia - Australia
Type: red
Varietal: Shiraz
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Outstanding
Est. Price: n/a
 
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Tasting Notes:
tasted: August 2, 2009 , Stuart Brannan
3 stars "I might have over-rated this before. The bottle I had tonight seemed to be significantly over-oaked, or so I thought."
rated: July 4, 2007 , Sue Courtney
"Deep dark red (not as purple as the Tatty Road), with smoky, savoury, bitter chocolate, cherry and earth aromas and tarry, savoury, spicy flavours with blackberries plums and meaty tannins. A departure from the typical flamboyant McLaren Vale style, this meaty tannined wine is more earthy and brooding and seems to lack some punch. Matured in French and American oak for 12 months. With only a 10 to 15-year projected cellaring potential, they say it’s made in a ‘less serious’ style. Gold Medal San Francisco 2007."
rated: July 31, 2007 , Celebrate Wine
"This is one of those cases that proves a high-alcohol wine can be smooth and delicious, thanks to great winemaking. At 14.5% alcohol, I think most would classify Gemtree Vineyards 2006 Bloodstone Shiraz in that category, but unless you looked at the label, you’d never know - and especially for such a young wine!"
rated: August 27, 2008 , Harvey Steiman
88 points "Crisp and juicy, with a broad swath of currant and blackberry fruit filling the mouth, framed by a layer of fine tannins. " Best 2008-2014
rated: August 27, 2008 , Decanter decanter.com
3 stars "Ripe fruit, damsons. Very fresh, juicy acidity. Rich plum and damson flavours. Smooth tannins, lots of oak. Long, attractive. (15.5 points)"
rated: August 27, 2008 , Jaime Goode
90 points "This screwcapped-sealed red is initially a bit dumb and simple on opening, but with several hours of air it begins to come to life. It’s a rich Aussie Shiraz, but there’s a bit more to it than just sweet fruit and oak. The nose shows attractive pepper spice, a hint of vanilla and bright, fresh raspberry and dark cherry fruit. The palate is fresh with nice tannic structure and vivid sweet red and black fruits. It’s certainly a big wine that’s sweetly fruited, but it doesn’t descend into a sweet fruit mush – there’s enough spicy, peppery freshness to act as a counter. The result is very appealing, but do give it time"
rated: August 27, 2008 , Premium Wines Direct
5 stars "Sweet, generous, lush, concentrated, balanced and integrated are all descriptors that come to mind when this wine enters your mouth. With flavours of violets, red cherries, crème brulee, blackberry, forest floor, paprika, aniseed and sweet spice- nutmeg. Pair with beef."
rated: August 27, 2008 , Vino Fino
"Welcome back old friend –It’s been a while since we’ve stocked this label. Sourced from a combination of Gemtree’s oldest vineyard on Tatachilla Road and the home block, this is archetypal McLaren Vale Shiraz. Aromas and flavours of violets, red currants, forest floor, blueberries, plums, liquorice, aniseed, sweet spice- nutmeg combine on a generous, well weighted palate, with plenty there to ensure many more years of drinking if you require."
rated: August 27, 2008 , Oddbins
"Winemaker Mike Brown (who has previously made d’Arenberg’s Dead Arm Shiraz) believes in minimal intervention in the wine making process, leaving the work in the vineyard to determine the character of the wine - and what a personality this wine has! Exclusive to Oddbins in the UK, the Bloodstone reflects the warm conditions in the McLaren Vale, leading to a very intense fruit driven style. Tasting Notes : An in-your-face meaty and spicy nose has aromas of smoky bacon and black forest gateau. The palate has flavours of dried fruit and boysenberries, moving onto a herby and savoury finish via a dry cranberriness and a touch of vanilla. Full bodied and long with no noticeable tannins."
rated: August 27, 2008 , Helen Savage
"Mike Brown of Gemtree Vineyards has also sold wine to Oddbins. Like Linda, he’s based in the McLaren Vale, just south of Adelaide, and he’s also a perfectionist. His operation is much bigger, and since 2006 has been certified as one of the few biodynamic (super-organic) operations in the region. “As we began to convert to biodynamic, I’ve noticed that the fruit has ripened earlier and with a better, fuller flavour. The tannins are also more mature.Mike’s Bloodstone Shiraz 06 (£9.99 at Oddbins) has lovely, spicy, toasty black fruit, balanced by clean acidity,…"
rated: August 27, 2008 , Cambridge Wine
"The 2006 growing season was remembered for a cool spring with excellent rains that enabled the vineyards to retain their natural balance, resulting in great acidity and wonderful structure. This wine exhibits balance and integration not common in wines so youthful. Gemtree sourced Bloodstone Shiraz from a combination of their oldest vineyard on Tatachilla Road and from Gemtree’s home block. Bloodstone is open fermented for 10 days then gently pressed into French and American oak for 12 months. An absoloute cracker."
rated: August 27, 2008 , Club Wine Knows
"Gemtree Bloodstone Shiraz follows the brief of previous vintages- soft, fruitful, with good length and intensity. Some complementary spice is in evidence. Has just won a gold in San Francisco- adjudged top wine of 548 submitted …screwcap"
rated: August 27, 2008 , Fine Wine Delivery Company
"Concentration, power and amazing balance reflecting the variety from which it is made"
rated: August 27, 2008 , Wine Country Gardens
"An explosion of sweet violets and red berry fruits explode on the front palate. The flavour profile builds through the mid palate where a remarkable backbone of acidity carries the flavours of red fleshy fruits, anise and licorice. The finish of fine persistent tannin and overlying generosity give this wine the legs to run the distance"
rated: August 30, 2008 , Vintages
"Sourced from this family estate’s oldest vineyards, the Bloodstone Shiraz is bursting with violets, blueberries, plum, spice and earthy aromas. It’s full- bodied with plush red berry flavours balanced by a good backbone of acidity and fine tannins. Great now, it can also be cellared for 3-5 years."
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