Gemtree Bloodstone Organic Shiraz 2014

The Bloodstone symbolises the commencement of McLaren Vale Shiraz in the Gemtree portfolio and will give you a taste of everything they grow. Blended from a cross section of all of their Gemtree Shiraz vineyards, it is a bang on version of what they are trying to achieve. A perfect drop to enjoy with food, this wine epitomises the essence of Shiraz and typicity of McLaren Vale. 

Ruby red with purple hues, the nose has a lifted and aromatic wine with notes of red cherry, strawberry, mulberry, nutmeg and complex earthy undertones.  The palate is soft and generous, layered with cherry, mulberry, rhubarb and hints of cinnamon and spice. An approachable and versatile wine with a sweet mid-palate, well-balanced acid and gentle tannins.

Aged for 12 months in 10% new and 90% one to four year old French oak.

Gemtree is a certified organic wine producer

That means they don’t use herbicides and pesticides. To control weeds they let sheep graze between the vines and use an under vine mechanical weeder and slashers. Gemtree achieved organic certification in November 2011 and they are currently certified by Australian Certified Organics. 

McLaren Vale is one of Australia's premier wine regions. It has a Mediterranean climate making it ideal for growing grapes. The pristine coastline of SA is just minutes from Gemtree's  vineyards and the maritime influences of cool evening breezes and ancient limestone deposits in the soil are instrumental to the quality of fruit that they grow.


  • 2014. GoldWorld Wine Award of Canada 2015
  • 2014. Gold, New Zealand International Wine Show 2015
  • 2014. 90 Points, Huon Hooke 2015
  • 2013. Top Gold, International Organic Wine Award 2015
  • 2013. 88 points, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016
  • 2013. Gold and Best Buy, - World Wine Championships Award 2015
  • 2013. Gold, Mundus Vini International Wine Award 2015
  • 2013. Gold, New Zealand International Wine Show 2014
  • 2013. Gold, International Organic Wine Award 2014
  • 2012. Great Value Wines $20 and Under, Gourmet Traveller 2014
  • 2012. Gold, Mundus Vini Biofach 2014
  • 2012. Gold, Challenge Millesime Bio 2013
  • 2012. Gold and Best Buy, - World Wine Championships Award 2014
  • 2012. Gold Medal, - World Value Wine Challenge 2014
  • 2012. 89 points, James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015
  • 2012. Best Buy, Gourmet Traveller Magazine 2014
  • 2012. Best Buy, Swedens humble version of The Wine Adovate 2013
  • 2012. Judges' choice, WineAlign Wine Awards 2013
  • 2010. Gold, New Zealand International Wine Show 2012
WISH Angus Hughson - March 2016
Bright, deep ruby in colour, this is pure McLaren Vale, with layers of ripe, lush dark cherry and blackberry fruits supported by supple tannins, making for a great value, early drinking style.
The Vino Geek - October 2015
A young vibrant red with a nose of strawberry and red berries. Somewhat lighter than perhaps what I'd expect from a McLaren Vale Shiraz. Good acidity and a really genuine earthiness on the palate. Gentle and soft tannins that leads to more of a drink now wine, but would still cellar well for a few years with that acidity. I certainly would be happy with this as a wine on the dinner table any night!
QWine - October 2015
From certified organic vineyards, this is the entry level wine for Gemtree. Made more for immediate enjoyment, this is a fruit driven wine. Aged in French oak for twelve months with only 10% being new. Dried red flower perfume, red fruits, red currants, a little oak influence and savoury spices to finish. It is certainly not as gutsy as the 14.5% would suggest. It's just a good honest wine. Drink now or cellar for a couple of years.
NZ Police News - Keen on Wine Ricky Collins - July 2015
This wine is vivid and dark red in colour. It has an interesting nose with red fruits, spiciness and some savouriness. There are beautifully lifted notes of red and black fruits, dark chocolate, spice and a touch of black pepper on the palate. It's concentrated and well balanced. There is some chary oak there, but the concentrated fruit and spice ensure it's well balanced. It finishes nicely with the sweet fruit and fine tannins lingering for some time. Rated: 4 stars
The Wine Front Campbell Mattinson - March 2015
McLaren Vale shiraz. As we know and love it. Medium- to full-bodied. Milk and dark chocolate, blackberry and plum, smoky cloves. It's a familiar and much loved flavour profile, and here it's done well. Value is very good. There's enough fruit richness to sink your teeth well and truly into. Rated:90/100
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - November 2014
Full, very dark, near saturated black-red colour with purple hues. The nose is full and smoothly presented with harmoniously interwoven aromas of ripe, dark raspberry fruit, dark plums and nuances of boysenberries, unfolding florals, pepper and cedary oak. Full-bodied, fleshy, succulent and juicy flavours of ripe blackberries, raspberries and pepper full the palate. The fruit is supported by significant tannin extraction providing a robust structure. The fruit has vibrancy and brightness, enlivened by fresh acidity, lending a lusciousness to the mouthfeel, but the tannins grow forming a firm, fine-grained core that leads to a long and sustained, textured finish with raspberry, spice and liquorice notes. This is a vibrantly fleshy and juicy, sweet-fruited Shiraz with black and red fruits, and plenty of grunty tannin structure. Match with roasted game meat dishes over the next 8-9+ years. 100% McLaren Vale Shiraz fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine spending up to 12 days on skins and aged 12 months in French oak from barriques to puncheons. Australian Certified Organic. 18.5-/20, 5 Stars
Gourmet Traveller Magazine Peter Bourne - August 2014
The Buttery family are committed to sustainable grape growing; their vineyards have been certified organic and they've followed biodynamic principles since 2008. The Bloodstone comes from the original Tatachilla Road vineyard and their home site at McLaren flat. Perfumes of dark plum and dusky spices mingle with elements of fresh earth and ironstone, which flow effortlessly to a rich mouth-filling palate defined by fine grainy tannins and a slick of seductive oak.An eminently suitable red for a decent meat pie and sauce. - World Value Wine Challenge - August 2014
Blue violet opaque ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of ripe mulberries, blackberry cobbler, wood smoke and minerality, and subtle pepper with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity full body and a complex medium-length finish with moderate oak. A big red that will improve with air and decanting.

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