An exceptional, interesting white blend.
58% Semillon, 25% Vermentino and 17% Clairette. Semillon has been grown in the Barossa Valley since the 1850s, proof enough of its suitability to grow in the local soils and climate. Winemaker Peter Schell sources this component from three old Barossa vineyards of 60, 70 and 90 years old.
"This release is semillon, vermentino and clairette. Vermentino! There was a bit of vermentino in the blend last year, and a stand alone vermentino now exists in the broader Spinifex range. Times they are a changin'. What a steal this wine is, by the way. Few wines at this price deliver this complexity and interest. Lemon barley water scents, steely whiffs too, a touch of green herb and fennel character. Cool and refreshing in the palate, a little slick in texture and a touch of honeyed richness settles mid palate, but the wine is more about that semillon tang and raciness than anything. That being said, lots of detail here, and deliciousness." 93 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
Where this wine comes from - Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region and there’s a good reason why. The wines certainly live up to their international reputation, particularly Barossa Shiraz. With long, warm summers, the region produces full-bodied styles with power and panache. The reds are rich and luscious in their youth with dark-berried flavours, fruit intensity and fine-grained tannins, which mature gracefully with time in the cellar. But there’s more to the region than Shiraz. Grenache and Mourvèdre do more than play a supporting role in GSM blends, they’re standing on their own two feet as single varietal wines. And with a new school of winemakers at the helm, the region is in good hands for a long and healthy future.