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: Sam Miranda Of King Valley


Sam Miranda Of King Valley

Cnr Snow Rd and King Valley Rd, Oxley, 3678

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (03) 5727 3888

Sam Miranda tasting

Sam Miranda is the grandson of Francesco Miranda, the founder of the well known Griffith-based Miranda Wines.

Miranda Wines , which also has significant vineyards in the King Valley (High Country brand) and a significant presence in the Barossa Valley.


When McGuigan-Simeon took over Miranda in 2004 Sam set out with his own brand with a broad portfolio of varieties. In 2005 he also took over the local Symphonia Wines but will keep its identity separate from the Sam Miranda label.

As with several other wineries in the region the main interest from our genxywines perspective is how they harness the range of alternative varieties such as Petit Manseng, Prosecco, Saperavi, Savagnin, Nebbiolo, Tannat, Tempranillo and Barbera. These are wineries to watch as the vines mature and winemakers get greater experience with new styles.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Sam Miranda Prosecco NV

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, crown seal, fresh Charmat-style sparking pear and green apple with a touch of of lees, the bead is lively and acid is well balanced, straightforward but well made entry style fizz ready to drink now (***1/2)

Sam Miranda Arneis 2012

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, their sixth release, from a single vineyard at Myrrhee, fresh apple blossom nose, chalky lime, apple skin and pear with an almond edge and some mid-palate plumpness, crisp lemon sherbet/acid finish and good length (****)

Sam Miranda TNT Tempranillo Nebbiolo Tannat 2010

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2018+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2012, this eclectic blend brings a blocky mass of black cherries, plum and cassis with rose petal, graphite and cola notes, only 13%, there are some chewy sheets of savoury tannin but is wrapped in the rich dark chocolate/cedar oaking (***1/2)

Sam Miranda Prosecco NV

Purchased: Not ($20)


(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2012, , fresh and dry green apple and pear with a touch of sherbert, seemed a little broader than the Dal Zotto Prosecco I tried alongside, creamy texture and crisp lemon acids, dosage sweetness seems a touch overt on finish, crown seal (***1/2)

Sam Miranda Pinot Grigio 2012

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2012, light and fresh expression showing pear and apple with the six months on lees filling out the mid-palate and adding some savouriness, clean finish with minimal phenolics, easy quaffing (***)

High Plains Merlot 2008

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, smooth and glycerolly palate showing dark plum and cherry with touch of black olive, lacking real depth, a savoury and peppery finish with some firmish tannins, creamy tannins (***)

High Plains Durif 2005

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, from a single vineyard high up in King Valley so there is little resemblance to the Rutherglenís massive Durifs, medium bodied mulberry and plum, glycerolly with a light dusting of spice, sweet cedar-vanilla oak from the 30% new French oak (***)

Sam Miranda Sangiovese Barbera 2005

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, 84% Sangiovese, 16% Barbera in the blend, smooth black cherry, dark plum and tomato vine, medium bodied and savoury with some gamy aspects, the French and American oak brings some coffee aspects to the finish, backbone of powdery tannins, well balanced and well made blend (****)

Sam Miranda Late Harvest Petit Manseng 2006

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, first release of the sweeter style that is popular in the variety’s home in the French Pyrenees, vibrant honeyed pear, musk and almond, well structured chalky base and refreshing lemon citric acids (****)

Sam Miranda Arneis 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, pear and green apple with a touch of almond on the mid-palate, subtle nougat notes on crisp finish, pleasant but lacking in intensity for a higher score (***1/2)

Sam Miranda Albarino 2006

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, Spanish variety rarely seen in Australia, tight lemon and lime, crisp minerally palate with chalky citric finish (***1/2)

Sam Miranda Saperavi 2005

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: March 2007, plum, mulberry and liqueur black cherry flavours, medium bodied with assertive black pepper framed with choc-vanilla notes, dusty tannins (***1/2)

Sam Miranda High Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, lighter style showing passionfruit, tropical fruit and distinctive capsicum features, tangy palate leads to dry, crisp finish (***)

Sam Miranda High Plains Riesling 2004

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, floral lemon and lime nose, deep lemony palate slides into citric, minerally finish, touch too bitter at the moment but should drink well in a year or two (**1/2)

Sam Miranda Late Harvest Verdelho 2005

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, dessert wine which has fresh, fragrant passionfruit characters with a sweet palate, dry finish (**1/2)