Graciano is a Spanish variety generally used in Tempranillo-based blends from Rioja. The vines are typically low yielding but the wine that it produces shows a pronounced peppery nose with bright acid and chewy tannin. This vintage marks the fourth release of Samuel’s Gorge Graciano. As our vineyard finds its feet, the ‘17 Graciano has extra layers of complexity, is evermore delicate and finely honed.
Opening with a bouquet of liquorice root and sour cherry, the wine quickly evolves, showing dried mandarin peel, plum, and blackberry pastille. The fruit flavours twist through glittering acidity on the palate while white pepper, coriander seed and savoury spice develop. It is, at its core, textural and expressive; creamy yet bright; bold but long lasting; vivacious and alluring.
Pair with pork sausage spiked with wild fennel taken from its casing and crumbled through plump gnocchi with lashings of fresh chilli and pecorino.
Time in tomb: 7 years