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Sami-Odi Little Wine No. 13 - Barossa Valley

Sami-Odi Little Wine No. 13 - Barossa Valley

Vintage: Non - Vintage | Type: Reds | Producer: Sami-Odi
Region: South Australia
Alc: 14%
Closure: Cork
Bottle size: 750ML

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An unvintaged assemblage composed of casks from 2023 (27%), 2022 (36%), 2021 (19%), 2020 (7%), 2019 (6%), 2018 (2%), 2017 (1%), 2016 (1%) & 2015 (1%). Sourced from our five treasured plots within the Hoffmann’s ‘Dallwitz’ vineyard from vines planted in 1996, 1995, 1994, 1927 & the oldest vines planted prior to 1912. 6348 bottles were filled. Label: Checkerboard; drawn 2023.
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Our notes


The Wine Front
It sings from the glass. So bright and refreshing, it feels like one of the more ‘youthful’ or ‘energetic’ Little Wines at release, silky in texture, ultra-perfumed, red and blue berry fruited with woody spices, hazelnut, anise, alpine herbs, green pepper and green olive seamlessly woven through the bouquet and palate. Tannins are very fine, light on, brushed-satin kind of texture, and while there is intensity here, a levity, purity and scintillating freshness. Lots of detail in darker fruit, spice, mineral character, and toasty-woody notes. Utterly delicious, and a bit more raring to go.

Mike Bennie

Producers notes

The curiously named Sami-Odi, with it's beautiful, bespoke packaging and miniscule production, is really the face of Fraser McKinley's winemaking. Fraser, an ex-pat Kiwi who came to these shores about 10 years ago with no winemaking experience, honed his craft at Barossa icons Torbreck, Massena and Standish and in 2006 managed to convince Adrian Hoffman, owner of the renowned Dallwitz vineyard, to lease him four rows (one-third of a hectare) of Shiraz. Fraser managed these vines organically, eschewing the usual sprays for a more natural approach, and after several years the results spoke for themselves (with Hoffman deciding to manage the entire vineyard organically). Fraser usually produces two wines each year, from these leased vines (planted in 1995 and 1996) as well as small parcels of older vines - some more than 100 years of age - from the Dallwitz and occasionally other Barossa sites. Winemaking is quite natural and non-interventionist, with minimal pressings and pumpovers, indigenous yeasts, minimal racking and the wines bottled via gravity without filtration, fining nor sparging. The aim of course is to allow the vines and the site express themselves truly, reflecting the vintage conditions. These wines are truly unique, idiosyncratic, and genuinely rare (typically produced in quantities between 60 and 400 dozen). Above all, they are delicious, and we cannot commend them to you strongly enough.

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