Samantha’s Garden: Head of the Class
First out of four or five? Not bad. First out of 20? Impressive. First out of 235? Outta this world. That’s exactly how we felt after Decanter’s tasting of Australian Shiraz landed the 2009 Samantha’s Garden Clare Valley the top spot: Not only did our 2009 Samantha’s Garden score top honors with a “Five Star Decanter Award,” the wine was also awarded the highest score of the tasting, with 19.2 out of 20 points.
The note: Perfumed, complex and vivacious nose of blueberry, violet, wet earth, spice, oak, mint and chocolate. Soft, juicy and delicious red which is defined, focused and expressive, with very fine fruit flavours. Exceptional concentration. Drink: 2011-2015. Alcohol: 14.6%
And making it all the more gratifying was the impressive cast of judges, including Sam Caporn MW, Tim Wildman MW, David Wainwright, Sarah Ahmed and Margaret Rand.