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2015 Spinifex Esprit

2015 Spinifex Esprit

A blend of 58% grenache, 40% mataro, 2% cinsaut, matured for 14 months in used French oak. This is still at the dawn of its life; the colour brilliant, but deep; the bouquet simply directing traffic to the medium-bodied palate that has so much to say. Red and dark fruits come first, spice, herbs and earth next, frisky tannins on the finish.
96 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion

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DESCRIPTION
  • A small, but perfectly formed 2015 vintage for Pete Schell's emblematic Esprit blend; fashioned from 58% Grenache, 40% Mataro and 2% Cinsault, there's a mere 310 cases available from this fine vintage. Sourced from five Barossa vineyards--with ages ranging between 25 and 160 years--Esprit is Schell's gift to lovers of the pure, finely structured expression of the Barossa. To this end, Schell sites vine age, the vines poor, unirrigated soil sympathetic to variety and the dedicated vineyard husbandry of the growers he works with as the key influencers to this restrained style. 

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    All fruit is hand harvested and vinification is kept simple. Between 30-60% of bunches are retained and fermented as whole clusters, (generally at the higher end for the Grenache components). Fermentations were undertaken in small open stainless steel fermenters with indigenous yeasts and maceration times were generally between 12-30 days. Élevage (on light lees) was undertaken in a selection of thick staved 600-litre demi muids prior to blending and finishing in a 2,500-litre foudre. Unfined and bottled without filtration. 

    TASTING NOTES

    As a season, 2015 delivered a set of Spinifex wines of measure and poise, displaying fine, detailed fruit aromatics and lively palates. That's certainly the case with this wonderfully fluent, sweetly spiced Rhône doppelganger.

  • REVIEWS

    '58% grenache, 40% mataro, 2% cinsaut, whole berry/whole bunch wild fermentation, matured for 14 months in large-format used French oak. This is still at the dawn of its life, the colour brilliant, but deep, the bouquet simply directing traffic to the medium-bodied palate that has so much to say. Red and dark fruits come first spice, herbs and earth next, frisky tannins on the finish.'
    96 Points - James Halliday