This grape is one that really excites us. Native to Spain but thriving in our Mediterranean climate, Graciano is a dynamic, aromatic varietal that typically contributes structure and aging potential to blends. As a standalone variety it is a beautiful balanced, perfumed wine with delicious fresh acidity. It is the newest addition to the Samuel’s Gorge range, yet already has a solid fanbase.
Rich, vibrant and extremely expressive, the 2020 Graciano makes a standout first impression. This is no wallflower; it is definitely the life of the party. The aromatic range is vast, with notes of dark fruit, bolstered with layered spice and a fresh, almost salty aroma, reminiscent of walking past sun-baked coastal shrubland.
The palate is textural, medium bodied, with a long meandering finish. Weightier flavours of pepper, dried cherry, cocoa and blueberries are in balance with a light and bright acidity.
This vivacious wine will evolve and age stunningly, holding nothing back, yet drinks beautifully in its youth. Enjoy this as we did at our 'End of Harvest' Easter Dinner, with Chef Wayne Leeson's lees-brined Ling, panzanella salad and skordalia.
Time in tomb: 10+ years