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Sami-Odi Hoffman Little Wine #10


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 Little Wine #10 – “An unvintaged ‘assemblage’ composed of casks from 2020 (51%), 2019 (31%), 2018 (3%), 2017 (8%), 2016 (5%) & 2015 (2%). Exclusively sourced from our five treasured plots within the Hoffmann’s ‘Dallwitz’ vineyard from vines planted in 1996, 1995, 1960, 1927 & the oldest vines planted prior to 1912.”

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