2013 Spinifex Indigene
2013 Spinifex Indigene
$59.99 Per Bottle|
$359.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)
As always, Indigene is based on the Barossa's wonderful resource of old-vine Mataro (aka Mourvèdre), sourced from tiny pockets of vines on the region's eastern fringes.
The Mataro component this year comes from two sites with deep sand soils in Vine Vale and Ebenezer. The vines range from 20 to 90 years old, with an impressively high average of 70 years. The Shiraz was drawn from four vineyards across the Barossa Valley, with vines again averaging 70 years of age (ranging from 20 to 110 years), and having soils that comprise of quartz shot clays and silty, sandy soils. The elevation for these sites was between 230 and 420 m.a.s.l.
Each variety is treated separately; the Mataro foot-crushed and raised in large format oak to preserve its subtle aromatics. The Shiraz raised in mature barrique and a single 600 litre demi-muid. The final blend is bottled without fining or filtration. 30% whole bunches.
Deep, complex and masculine aromatics. Higher-toned, dried dark cherry, blueberry, violet laced blackberry fruits, fresh bay leaf and pickled walnut rise over a darker core of suede, Indian ink, hardwoods, Brazil nut, coffee and boudin noir. Intense and concentrated, yet not expansive. Dark, savoury and saline elements find balance against fleshy, elemental fruit. Initially subjugated by the unresolved core of red and black fruits, stony acids and fine sandy tannins build to drive the finish, fresh and firm. The restrained complexity of old vineyards and the generosity given by the Barossa's ancient soils are both evident in equal measure
Spinifex was started in 2001 with the opportunity to source some great old vine Mataro growing in deep white drift-sand on the Barossa Valleys’ Western Ridge. Owned by husband and wife team, Peter Schell and Magali Gely, their focus is on regional wines from the traditional Mediterranean grape varieties that have been grown successfully in Australia for over 150 years - Shiraz, Mataro, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Ugni Blanc, Grenache Gris, Marsanne and Semillon. They aim to make wines that display signatures of vineyard provenance and vintage, show regional typicity and have a consistent thread of 'house style' that reflects their preferences and experiences with wine. The wines they choose to make are predominately blends, the synergies derived from blending wines of differing character enhance the subtle complexities, even textures and profound personalities delivered from great old vine vineyards.
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
The deluxe, weighty bottle for this shiraz mataro blend is not out of place; the colour is exceptional, and is no false dawn for a wine of extreme complexity. First up there's a deep ocean swell of dark berry and plum fruit, then a crosscurrent of savoury flavours and fine, but insistent, tannins; a long finish to close. All class.'
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
This wine finds itself a blend of 60% shiraz and 40% mataro in the year of 2013. It’s a wine sent to larger format oak and given a bit of help from a slightly earlier pick. For what it’s worth, Peramangk and Ngadjuri people are the indigene of the Barossa Valley. Really pretty, really floral perfume. Wild flowers, rose petals, pot pourri, stalks and stems, rosemary herbs. Big perfume dragging you into the glass. Cool, restrained and fine in the mouth. Set to a much lighter expression of the Barossa, with cool acidity set under the slick flow of red and black fruits, dusted with spice, lifted with suggestion of green herbs. Composed, sleek and squeaky tight. Proper elegant feel, within a different shade of Barossa wine.'