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2016 Spinifex Moppa Shiraz


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Our Price: $39.99 / bottle (RRP: $60.00 ) Case: 6 x 750ml

'Extraordinary complexity and depth. This is something of a masterpiece for Spinifex.'
98 Points - Nick Stock (James Suckling)

  • Is this the best priced, 98 Point Shiraz around? We think so.

    In late August, wine critics Nick Stock and James Suckling published a compendium of over 1000 Australian wines, which they had tasted recently as part of a deeper investigation in to the wines of WA, Victoria, NSW and South Australia. Of the mammoth list of wines tried, the 2016 Spinifex Moppa Single Vineyard Shiraz was one of the highest scoring , with an incredible 98 points and a quote describing it as 'something of a masterpiece'.

    This is a very limited production wine, with very few bottles being made, so we are happy to say we have managed to snafu a pretty decent little pile!

    This 3.5-acre vineyard, located in the Moppa sub-region, an elevated zone in the north-western reaches of the Barossa Valley, 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. So, in 2015, when the right vintage presented itself, Schell did not hesitate to release a single vineyard bottling. You only need a quick sniff of the new release to realise why he has repeated the exercise in 2016.


    Pete's tech notes: All fruit was hand harvested and cooled overnight; 30-40% whole bunch ferments in open stainless steel and wooden fermenters with indigenous yeasts; maturation was on light lees in a selection of thick staved 600 litre demi muids and barriques; unfined and bottled without filtration.


    Shell's sophomore Moppa opens with lifted aromatics of blackberry, blackcurrant, spice, and dark chocolate built in with a lovely mineral note that adds a fresh feel. The palate is typically compact and layered, showing similar black fruits and spice with a slick of plush tannins that calls out for something unctuously slow cooked. The finish is long, silky and persistent; a classy, old-vine, flavor-packed Barossa from the great man.


    'Extraordinary complexity and depth. This is something of a masterpiece for Spinifex. There’s a stony, graphite-like mineral thread to the nose with hints of peppers and warm brown spices laced across dried roses, blackberries, mulberries and dark plums. The palate has dense flavors of black fruit wrapped in fine yet firm tannins. The result is a very long, seamless impression with smooth, muscular resolve. A superb wine now, better in time. Try from 2022. Screw cap.'
    98 Points - Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

    2015 Vintage Review (James Halliday)

    'The inaugural release of this single vineyard wine and it exudes a certain power yet dances to an elegant tune. Exemplary purple-dark crimson hue; meaty and reductive at first, soon enough reveals dark fresh fruit with umami flavours of soy, warm earth as it sits in a savoury spectrum. Full-bodied with supple powerful tannins. Apparently the grower is a reserved gentleman, understated and modest, who takes enormous pride in his fruit. It shows.'
    97 Points - Jane Faulkner


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