The Somerset Vineyard was “planted in 1965 and 1970 to the Busby clone on eastern and western facing slopes respectively, both blocks sit on red volcanic soil over limestone. The 1965 planting is dry grown, and the 1970 block is only irrigated when very dry.” 2014 was a stellar vintage for the Hunter Valley and Gundog Estate’s winemaker Matt Burton knew he was on to something special with some amazing parcels from around the valley. Sold as part of a 3 pack the “The Old Road” and the “48 Block” wines.
Gundog Estate, The Somerset Vineyard, Single Vineyard, Shiraz, Hunter Valley, 2014
Savoury elements here in force: Strap liquorice, savoury vegemite, just warming hotplate, coffee grounds and burnt ends. Understatement of serious black fruits with a brooding current of those dark nuances. Ripples with astounding energy and persistence of flavour. A very special wine indeed.
Wine sample courtesy of Gundog Estate