2018 Spinifex Syrah
2018 Spinifex Syrah
$24.99 Per Bottle|
$24.95 (Buy 6 or More)
Spinifex's Syrah is Pete Schell's higher-toned, more linear, red fruited and floral expression of the Barossa - a yin to Bête Noir's yang.
To this end, Schell sources from "...generally higher, cooler sites, where earlier harvesting gives wines with bright fruit expression and a textural freshness".
The wine is naturally fermented with around 40% whole clusters in a mix of stainless steel, wood and concrete and also sees a shorter maturation than the Esprit and Bête Noir, et al. - around eight months on lees prior to bottling without filtration.
The wine, naturally fermented with a judicious use of whole clusters (on average 30%) in a combination of stainless steel, wood and concrete fermenters, also sees a shorter maturation than the Esprit and Bête Noir, et al. The 2018 was cropped from five high, exposed parcels in the Barossa and Eden Valley, where the soils are generally poor and skeletal - for the most part light, gravelly and silty sands over deeply weathered base rocks of varied origins. Vine age varies from 25 to 115 years old (averaging 50 years old), and all fruit is hand harvested.
Beautifully sculpted, racy, red-and-blackberry-fruit along with a lifted rosehip note as well, and some inky depths on the driven finish. Gets more and more perfumed and lively with air, it's another terrific effort from one of Australia's most gifted wine people.
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.
Full body, round and juicy tannins and lots of blackberry and blueberry character with charcoal and granite undertones. Very flavorful and beautiful.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
This is a Barossa and Eden combo of six parcels of vineyard. Incredible value, by my matrix, for this wine. All class, and holds the heft of riper fruit and booziness well. This could be your buy of the year. Choc-cherry scents with brambly notes, earthiness, undergrowth and autumnal mushroom/leafiness too. I like this. Glossy textured, spicy, fine tannins rippling through darker berry fruits, a lick of mocha, but a green-herb/dried-herb note through the wine. Elegant, svelte, fine and very long with an assertively spicy finish. Definitively ‘syrah’ not ‘shiraz’ of this region, if you get my drift. Excellent. 93+ Points.
Peter Schell is a well-deserved finalist in the 2019 GT WINE Winemaker of the Year Awards. His 2018 Syrah is an adroit counterpoint to Schell’s deeply complex Béte Noir yet still follows his typical methodology with a portion of whole bunches included – 30% in this case. The oak regime is gentle allowing the fragrant red fruits to shine – lots of currants and cherries with a whiff of clove and allspice. Juicy (red fruited) flavours abound with sleek tannins supporting the finish. A delightfully approachable red. Best Buys under $30 - Gourmet Traveller Wine