2016 Spinifex Bete Noir
2016 Spinifex Bete Noir
$31.99 Per Bottle|
$191.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)
A Bête Noir is the bane of one's existence, referring to the multitude of small parcels that go into this blend. Twelve Barossa vineyards were the source for 2016 Bete Noir Shiraz. Vineyard age ranges from between 25 and 130 years, with 60 years being a fair average across the blend. Vineyards are located across a variety of the Barossa's sub regions, the Eastern Foothills, Moppa, Moculta, and Eden Valley all contributing.
Fermentations are undertaken in small open stainless steel and oak open fermenters with indigenous yeasts. Macerations vary by parcel and range from between 9 and 28 days. Young wines are left on lees in a selection of new and seasoned oak vessels, ranging in size from between 225 litres and 3100 litres, approximately 25 % being first use, for 16-18 months prior to assemblage. Bete is bottled unfined and unfiltered.
2016 gifts a Bête Noir of lovely purity of fruit and freshness. It's refined, medium-bodied, detailed and aromatic, with a spectrum of both "noir" and red fruits, with an undercurrent of aromatic spice and herb elements. The palate is carried by a strong, yet supple, core of fleshy, plummy fruit, bitter chocolatey-like tannins and refreshing ripe acidity.
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.
Rich red, yet layered and poised with polished tannins that give form and focus to this young wine. Full-bodied. Round and gorgeous. Lovely length. Drink now or hold. Screw cap.