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Spinifex Rose 2017

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54% Grenache, 18% Cinsault, 28% Mataro. 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, well, roses. The fruit comes from a range of dry grown Barossa vineyards, "mainly bush vines, all hand-picked--old school," chuckles Pete. In short, sites selected for their ability to produce outstanding quality rosé material (the average age of vines is 65 years old although the oldest parcels range up to 120 years of age). Grapes are hand-picked and crushed bunches were macerated for between 6 - 24 hours prior to pressing before the wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured on lees prior to bottling. Approximately 10% was matured in old French oak puncheons, the rest in tank. 

Bottled without filtration, the resulting wine offers the kind of vibrant perfume (of red fruit, nectarine and white flower), texture and crunchy line that were once the exclusive domaine of Provençal rosé. Pulpy fruit, crunchy raciness and a thirst slaking finish--it proves yet again that the Barossa really is a great rosé (not to mention white wine) area in waiting.

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If Spinifex is not one of the most exciting Australian producers to have cropped up in the last decade then we don’t know much about wine. It is testament to how much we respect the wines of Peter and Magali that we had been badgering them to let us handle their wines for almost as long as Spinifex has existed. In short, we rate them in the top few Australian producers and we’re obviously not the only ones. We also think that they are a historically significant producer as they are one of the few producing artisanal quantities of full bodied red wines that manage to retain genuine complexity, savouriness and sense of place. Sounds simple, and yet in an ocean of sweet, oaky South Australian reds, Spinifex have long been a beacon of hope.

Spinifex was started by Magali Gely and Peter Schell in 2001. Magali and Peter’s background is the key to understanding the styles of wine they produce. Magali comes from a family that has been growing wine near Montpellier for over ten generations, whilst Peter is a trained oenologist and has made wine in Burgundy, Switzerland, Provence, the Minervois, the Languedoc, Bordeaux and New Zealand. Peter and Magali’s combined backgrounds have led to the belief that the vineyard is paramount in the production of unique, ultra-premium wines, and that the wines the produce should not only reflect their sites; showing richness and intensity; but also be well balanced and a pleasure to drink. Spinifex wines are typically produced from very old, 50 to 120 year old, low yielding vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valleys.

Peter Schell is not only making some of the most exciting wines in the Barossa, he is also transforming our assumptions about this region. His choice of site and his intuitive, hands-off work in the winery continues to yield dramatic and certainly anti-formulaic results. While Schell’s wines remain quite unlike the traditional Barossa norm they remain saturated with what we often call ‘sense of place’. As such, they offer the textural openness and generosity that is the mark of the region, its climate and ancient soils, yet not at the expense of definition, tannic freshness and line. The core range is built on five cuvées, each outlined in the ‘Wines’ tab: Papillon, Esprit, Bête Noir, La Maline and Indigene. Each year Spinifex also produces one of Australia’s most exciting, sought-after dry rosé wines, and there is always at least one white per vintage—sourced from the Barossa’s cadre of fantastic, old, co-planted ‘fruit-salad’ vineyards. From time to time Pete ventures outside the Barossa and Eden Valleys, and his work with Adelaide Hills fruit over recent vintages has opened up another delicious stream of limited-edition wines. On their own, all these bottlings outlined above represent outstanding expressions of their South Australian terroirs and fervent attention to detail. As a whole, they represent something even more remarkable: the possibility of redefining the style of wine we might expect of the Barossa Valley and Ranges. Welcome to the new Barossa

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Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMinimal Intervention
Vineyard PracticesMinimal Intervention
Product typeWine Red Rose
Vintage2017
CountryAustralia
RegionSouth Australia
Sub-RegionBarossa Valley

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