Gemtree Wines, situated in South Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region, was created back in 1998 by the Buttery Family. But their journey along the organic and biodynamic path was really only undertaken from 2007.
Their properties cover a broad range of McLaren Vale’s already complex subregions. So what better way to show off the fruit from these regions than through minimal intervention and organic principles.
A visit to Gemtree’s cellar door (which has great views across McLaren Vale region) helps explain not only the different soil types across the region, but also the philosophy behind organics and especially biodynamics.
The Gemtree 2013 Bloodstone Shiraz, is typical of a McLaren Vale’s ripe and generous Shiraz. On the nose there is vibrant dark fruit, and a background of sweet spice. The palate, while fuller in style, definitely not over the top. Its a noticeably warm 15%. Dark blue fruits, ripe plum and degree of adhesive grippiness. A finish of rare charred meat, (a little metallic) made me think the wines name had influenced my sensory skills. In all a good value McLaren Vale Shiraz.
Region: McLaren Vale
Source: Provided by producer
For those into the finer points of biodynamics, this wine was tasted on a leaf day (7 Sept 2015). Which I now know is not ideal for wine tasting. It was also tasted the following day – a fruit day. Which is recommended for tasting.