"The bouquet is very expressive, with warm baker's spices and cedary oak framing a palate full of black fruits - berry and currant - and a mouthwatering juxtaposition of tannin and oak. It has a long life ahead. Drink to 2048" 96 points, James Halliday,
This 3.5-acre vineyard is located in the Moppa sub-region of the Barossa, an elevated zone in the north-west, and has been a source of exceptional Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro for Spinifex since 2005.
"The grower is a very reserved gentleman," says Pete Schell, "understated and modest. But of all the growers that we purchase fruit from, he's the one who takes the greatest pride in delivering a hand-picked bin of grapes in as perfect condition as possible." Although the exact age of the vineyard is unknown, it is thought to be at least 90 years old, managed organically for 40 of those.
There's an exciting mix of savoury red and dark fruits, spicy meatiness, great elegance and juicy succulence, as well as hints of ink, cedar and black tea. Wonderful complexity, freshness and drive. This brilliant example of Australian Shiraz offers the balance, complexity and class of a great Hermitage! As such, it's an undeniable bargain. Full of life, it is a joy to drink now but has the balance to age.
"The excellent colour is part of the Spinifex shiraz signature. The bouquet is very expressive, with warm baker's spices and cedary oak framing a palate full of black fruits - berry and currant - and a mouthwatering juxtaposition of tannin and oak. It has a long life ahead. Drink to 2048" 96 points, James Halliday,
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.