It's been a minute between Luxe releases. Winemaker Pete Schell is a fan of Bandol rosés and the Luxe is a tip of the hat to the rosé styles of the mediterranean. This year, a blend of 68/26/6% mataro/cinsault/vermentino. Red cherry, watermelon and pomegranate with hints of soft spice, crushed rock, blood orange and wild herbs. Slinky and textural with crisp acidity and a wicked stony, savoury finish. Rating: 93 Points. Dave Brookes. Halliday Wine Companion.
"Lots going on here with silky, elegant feel all up. Delivers light sour cherry, pomegranate juice scents and flavours with some flinty, wet slate minerally character too. Great palate weight, deep enough yet fresh, glides along and then screws up into a quite pucker and light chew. Lovely stuff." 92 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
“Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.” Max Allen, The Future Makers
Is this Australia's finest rosé? In spite of the relentless proliferation of rosé on the market, Peter Schell's wine--now into its second decade of production--keeps coming up roses. Reflecting an exceptionally low yielding vintage--Schell's dry grown vineyards offering just 15-20% of average--the composition of the '20 rosé weighs in with Mataro (59%) Grenache (35%), and Cinsault (6%). The dominance of Mataro this year reflects both the quality and this variety's late-flowering nature (which avoided the dramatic weather at flowering that hampered the other varieties). The vines are all dry-grown on Barossa vineyards, "mainly bush vines, all hand-picked--old school," chuckles Pete. The average age of vines is 65 years old although the oldest parcels range up to 120 years.