Wine Guide

Sami-Odi Hoffman Dallwitz 2019

$153.07

The Barossa is the home of shiraz in Australia. It is a place that saw most of the country’s famous Shiraz come to life. A lot of truly spectacular wines have emerged from this region. However, more recently there has been one man who is doing his own thing, pushing for ever-more pure and balanced wines: Fraser McKinley.

In the past, he worked with the Standish Wine Company and Torbreck Vintners, but in 2006 he embarked on a totally new project. A small winery, that goes by the curious name of Sami-Odi, producing minuscule quantities of Syrah (he doesn’t say Shiraz!) of the highest order. But, he just doesn’t make generic wines of the Barossa, no he carefully selects plots in some of the valley’s finest vineyards and vinifies them separately to create a cuvée, combining their strengths. 

What is fascinating is that the wines he produces are already approachable in their youth and straight from the bottle. Immediately you are drawn into the glass by a never-ending wave of perfumes that literally jump straight at you. Trying to single some of them out is not easy, and it certainly is a unique expression of the Barossa. 

McKinley’s motivation is to make wines that dont have acid additions, with a very steady eye on picking based on pH, ‘this is so much more important for me, and it’s based on a stylistic choice. pH for me is the most important part – it gives me a rough idea where I will end up,’ says McKinley. The wines are picked earlier than most in the Barossa, generally in February, which sounds extraordinary, but it seems to work from this site. After that, there is a small sulphur addition, but everything else is done by foot (gentle pigeage) and gravity.

This is how Fraser describes the Hoffmann Dallwitz Syrah – “A heroic, dense and muscular rendition of the Hoffmann’s sun drenched Eben-Ezer earths. Laced together from the two oldest sections within the Hoffmann families vineyard, planted on their own roots in 1927 (0.31 Hectare) & the oldest vines between 1888 & 1912 (0.775 Hectare) with a thimble from the neighbouring Eric’s Corner planted in 1996 (0.39 Hectare). These 19 Burgundian Pièces were carefully assembled and bottled amidst the spring of 2020 after enduring their 81 week elevage. Bottles were filled without filtration, fining or sparging (the removal of naturally occurring oxygen & C02) and all transfer’s were completed via gravity prior to bottling.”

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