Top 10 award-winning eco-friendly wines from the Organic Masters 2020

4. Gemtree Obsidian

  • Producer: Gemtree Wines
  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Country: Australia
  • Grape variety: Shiraz
  • Abv: 14.5%
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Closure: Natural cork
  • Approx. retail price: £30-50
  • Medal: Gold – Organic Wine Masters 2020

This flagship expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz from Gemtree is certainly impressive. Using only the very best grapes from Gemtree’s beautifully managed biodynamic vineyards, it was always going to be good, and came out as one of the very highest-scoring wines of this year’s Organic Masters.

While it’s a huge wine aged in new oak barriques, don’t expect something so rich it’s hard to imbibe – the wine has a pleasing set of easy-to-drink traits, although it’s certainly concentrated. The aromatics are reminiscent of fresh summer pudding, with plums, blackberries and a touch of cherry jam, while the palate delivers more sweet black cherry fruit, along with blueberry, a touch of pepper, and fine oak shaving characters, along with toast and roasted nuts. Another wonderful red from Gemtree, very much in its youth, that delivers masses of ripe fruit contained in a tight-knit structure, suggesting that it will be a long-lived red.

3 Responses to “Top 10 award-winning eco-friendly wines from the Organic Masters 2020”

  1. Thom Fisher says:

    Why is the abv on these wines at 14.5%. Isn’t wine traditionally 11-12%. All wines now seem to have a high abv?

    • The Australian wines are grown in warm dry areas (more suitable to Organic production). 14.5% is about right for these areas. Southern Rhone wines would be similar alc. levels. The important thing is that they are balanced.

  2. Me says:

    I don’t know about the other countries, but Australia has had an obsession with higher ABV wines for as long as I can remember.

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