Gemtree shares it’s cellar door with Dowie Doole – at the Salopian Inn – check out my review of Dowie Doole.
The cellar door offers wine flights with cheese & lavosh breads and 6 wines. The wines are from both Gentree & Dowie Doole with either 6 reds or 5 whites and the sparkling red. You also get tasting notes of the wines and a run down of information from the cellar door staff.
For those visiting during winter there is an open fireplace for that wonderful warmth you get from smoldering wood.
Gemtree is getting a name for promoting organic and in particular biodynamic wines and it will be interesting seeing their development in the coming years.
2010 Moonshine Savagnin ($A16)
A biodynamic vineyard producing a wine variety that I have hardly tried before – well this was an interesting start. The interest continued as I thoroughly enjoyed this wine. There was lots of stone fruits here (peaches and nectarines) that makes way for a lingering acid finish. My understanding is that this variety is of interest in Australia as the grapes produce a good flavor / acid balance in hotter climates. I must say this wine makes me want to know more about the variety. The great acid balance in the wine makes me think it would go well with tomato based sauces and pasta.
2009 Citrine Chardonnay ($A16)
Who said Chardy is dead? Another reasonably priced Chardonnay that has good oak integration (from 100 days in oak) – all the melons, cedar and acid one expects from this variety. Again the McLaren Vale region and chardonnay makes a good mix – I still wonder why McLaren Vale tries to make white wines of inferior quality.
2009 Luna Raja Tempranillo ($A25)
Bring on the biodynamic vineyards – this wine exhibits some of what is good about Tempranillo – earthy, spices and a lovely tannin structure.
2009 Bloodstone Shiraz ($A16)
Straight away the aromas showed over ripe and even stewed fruit. This theme continued onto the flavors sweet plums, black cherries with a tannic finish. Keep your money – there are better wines for this price.
2008 Uncut Shiraz ($A19)
Ripe fruits shown by the licorice, anise and plum aromas followed by ripe plums and black fruits with a distinct licorice finish. Another 2008 red wine that shows how difficult this vintage was.
2009 The Red Phantom Red Blend 1 ($A25)
When they say a red blend they mean it – Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot & Petit Verdot. I get aromas of Floral (mainly violets) – quite probably from the Petit Verdot. Then the aroma profile of herbecous with with real green capsicums – all from the Cabernet. The cabernet dominates in the flavor spectrum – blackcurrents, little mint and some greenness. The finish is so dry it leaves you teeth feeling like they are fir coated.
2007 White Lees Shiraz ($A45)
Now here was a surprise – the aromas are dominated by violets. Not what I expected from Shiraz – particularly from McLaren Vale Shiraz. There is just lots and lots of complexity here – layers of fruit, tannin structure and French oak characters. Leave this alone for a few years and try it with seared Kangaroo.
2008 Petit Verdot ($A25)
The floral notes I quite often find in this variety are here again. I also get plums, pepper and just a little blackberry. For those Petit Verdot fans out there this is one to try.
2007 Obsidian Shiraz