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Sami-Odi

The curiously named Sami-Odi, with it's beautiful, bespoke packaging and miniscule production, is really the face of Fraser McKinley's winemaking.  Fraser, an ex-pat Kiwi who came to these shores about 10 years ago with no winemaking experience, honed his craft at Barossa icons Torbreck, Massena and Standish and in 2006 managed to convince Adrian Hoffman, owner of the renowned Dallwitz vineyard, to lease him four rows (one-third of a hectare) of Shiraz.sami-odi.jpg

Fraser managed these vines organically, eschewing the usual sprays for a more natural approach, and after several years the results spoke for themselves (with Hoffman deciding to manage the entire vineyard organically).  Fraser usually produces two wines each year, from these leased vines (planted in 1995 and 1996) as well as small parcels of older vines - some more than 100 years of age - from the Dallwitz and occasionally other Barossa sites.

Winemaking is quite natural and non-interventionist, with minimal pressings and pumpovers, indigenous yeasts, minimal racking and the wines bottled via gravity without filtration, fining nor sparging.  The aim of course is to allow the vines and the site express themselves truly, reflecting the vintage conditions.

fraser.jpegThese wines are truly unique, idiosyncratic, and genuinely rare (typically produced in quantities between 60 and 400 dozen). Above all, they are delicious, and we cannot commend them to you strongly enough.

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