Sam Vinciullo’s determination to go at it alone has him living a near hermit-like existence on his rented farm and vineyard in Margaret River. He farms organically, single-handedly, tending the entire estate alone save for his Maremma sheepdog, Gloria. Sam’s vision for his quarry also steadfastly involves the tenets of natural wine – as little input of winemaking overlay as possible, zero additions, including no adding sulphur in winemaking. Despite the solitude and singular vision, Sam is a really wonderful human to spend time with, effusive, energetic, witty and clever. If you can get a look-in on the farm, it’s worth getting to know Sam in this epoch of his career. The wines are idiosyncratic for Margaret River staples, but vivid, bright and delicious in their own way – they feel like very transparent imprints of the region. Sauvignon blanc meets cabernet in a 75/25 blend that makes for a lighter red wine here. Lovely and imaginative.
Cherry and pomegranate whiffs, green herb. Beautiful texture in the palate. Really light, succulent, cherry juice and powdery, fine tannin, green herbs jostling. So delicate, so insanely pure feeling. Exceptional length, tension and freshness. Wow. This is stunning drinking. Reminiscent of Pfifferling’s L’Anglore Tavel wines, or some-such. Dive in. - The Wine Front