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Monday 5 December 2011

Gumpara Old Vine Semillon 2010

The Mader family, along with many others, fled religious persecution in their native Germany and settled in the Barossa in the mid-19th century. Roll forward six generations to Mark Mader who founded Gumpara in 1999, making his first wine in 2000 - a Shiraz- before expanding into Semillon through a block planted some 90 years ago.  

From the Light Pass sub-region of the Barossa comes this wine of diversity and delicacy.  No oak used here, allowing the old vine fruit to really sing. And boy does it show it's impressive range, singing of summer: variously lemon cream, freshly shelled broad beans, hints of apple.  It shows all of these elements, seemingly in turn.

It has quite a grassy/ hay feel to it, but all up it is fine tuned, with crunchy, balanced acid rounding the wine out and providing some moderate length. 

Source: Tasting
Price: $25
Alcohol: 12.5%
Closure: Screwcap

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