Sam Vinciullio "Red/White," Margaret River
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Organic

Sam Vinciullio "Red/White," Margaret River - 2017

Item # 41310 750mL
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Red
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Organic

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Natural

Wine made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes with minimal intervention avoiding the use of chemicals, additives and technology.


Tasting Notes

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. No SO2 added, unfined and unfiltered. After returning to Western Australia from Italy where he worked with Cornelissen, Sam Vinciullio sourced grapes from dry farmed vineyards free of systemic chemical use.


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Staff Pick Notes

There are two spectrums of natural winemakers it seems to me: very jolly and exuberant vs the austere and rigid to the point of extremism. Sam Vinciullio is certainly the latter, having returned from his time with Frank Cornelissen in Sicily, dedicated to an anti-sulfur regiment on his leased vineyards. Vinciullio is meticulous about his process, doing everything by himself and unwilling to compromise for his beliefs. This Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz blend is unconventional for sure but shows resolve and discipline in his winemaking. Aromas of rose petals, jalapeno peppers and wild crunchy strawberries provide freshness while flavors of sour cherry, black pepper, wet slate emphasize the unwavering honesty of Sam’s grapes. This glossy scarlet wine may be the work of uncompromising beliefs but it’s delicious all the same.

- JOS

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