Gemtree Wines McLaren Vale
The Buttery family have more than 130 ha of vines and have been grape growers since 1980 if only producing their own range of wines since 1998. A 10 ha wetlands project was also initiated in the same year. Since 2008, the entire estate has been farmed biodynamically by viticulturalist Melissa Buttery whose winemaker husband Mike Brown uses open-fermenters and a hands-off approach to vinification. Brown is not afraid to experiment and the style (and portfolio) is evolving beyond richly-textured, expressive fruit-accented reds also to encompass wines of exciting vibrancy. A case in point is White Lees Shiraz, aged on Chardonnay lees which Brown has discovered increases the total acidity. Tatty Road is a Cabernet-based Bordeaux blend with a substantial proportion of Petit Verdot. Bloodstone Shiraz oozes flavour and complexity while Bloodstone Tempranillo (now called Luna Roja) shows more sinewy, savoury tannins. Perhaps the most striking wine is the Uncut Shiraz with pristine McLaren fruit richness and depth. Obsidian Shiraz is still deeper and darker but more pricey too. For white, the Tatty Road Chardonnay is a flavoursome peach and melon fruited example for drinking fairly young. New from the 2005 vintage is The Phantom, a varietal Petit Verdot.
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