Samantha's Garden

Clare Valley Shiraz

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The Clare Valley wine region is located in South Australia, about 90 minutes north of Adelaide. It is one of Australia’s oldest wine regions, dating back to the 1840s, and is known for producing some of the country’s finest Rieslings.

Winemaking in the Clare Valley stretches back over 160 years and today there are more than 35 cellar doors in the region – each quite distinct in its approach to winemaking. Celebrated for its Rieslings, the Clare Valley also produces world-class reds, including Shiraz and Cabernet. Other varietals include Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Semillon, Grenache, Mourvedre, Tempranillo and Malbec. Estate-grown fruit accounts for about half of the Clare Valley’s total production. This allows winemakers to develop a distinct regional approach, fostered by a Mediterranean-style climate and alluvial soils. The region is characterised by its gently rolling hills, and its climate is ideal for grape growing, with warm, dry summers and cool nights. The combination of warm days and cool nights helps the grapes to develop intense flavors and aromas, while retaining good acidity.

Made since 2003 Samantha’s Garden is a Two Hands favourite. Produced from the fruit of up to two distinct sub-regions with vastly different soil profiles. The elevation of these sites give the wine a more natural acidity and provide a natural lively fine-bone profile. An elegant style of Shiraz that is typical of the Clare Valley region, characterised by bright lively aromas, subtle fruit flavours and fine grained tannins.

Between Adelaide and the Clare Valley the landscape is sea of golden yellow wheat fields, an obvious choice for this label’s colour.

Grey, silty loam with sandstone sandy loam on clay with slate/Red- brown earth over limestone.
VINE AGE 20-25 years
ELEVATION 200-320m
SUB-DISTRICT Armagh & White Hut

Crushed and fermented in a five tonne open top fermenter with regular pump overs (twice daily) to control fermantaion, extract colour, flavour and tannins.

Average time ‘on skins’ was 10 days before the dry free run juice was drained to tank and the pressings combined. The wine was then racked to barrel, where malolactic fermentation took place. Samantha’s Garden was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Aged for 18 months in 2-6 year old French oak hogsheads, with 15% new French oak.



“The Samantha’s Garden represents a snapshot of Clare Valley shiraz in the regional context of their Garden Series of wines. It’s a pretty-smelling little thing. Blackberry and satsuma plum fruit for sure, but there’s a violet sheen to its aromas and a meaty facet that draws the drinker in. The fruit weight is impressive, as is the wine’s detail and tannin profile, muscling up on the finish with compact tannin heft.”
– 94 points Read on HERE