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Spinifex frontman Peter Schell is most known for his reds, but ‘Lola’ has to be one of the most creatively conceived whites in the county.
The 2015 is a blend of Semillon, Ugni Blanc, Viognier, Muscat Blanc and finally, Clairette, not your typical Barossa blend!
The fruit comes from a selection of Barossa vineyards planted uniquely to these sometimes rare varieties, with Pete taking the best parcels each year to craft the wine he feels the vintage warrants. It’s always a structural, savoury and textural wine, but the 2015 does show a bit more upfront fruit flavour and friendliness than in some years passed.
I would challenge you to find a more interesting and food-friendly white blend than Lola, and considering its small production and the work Pete has put into crafting it, it really is outstanding value for money.
A must try!
What It Tastes Like
“Pale straw, almost water white. Discreet subtle and complex aromas of lemon, fresh pear, daises and fromage frais. Pulpy and fresh with unripe pear, apple, lemon and mealy almond flavours. Subtle; this wine is always more about freshness and pithy texture than big flavor. Chalky fine acids and a lingering almost briny freshness.” - Peter Schell
Semillon and Ugni Blanc have been grown in the Barossa Valley since the 1850’s, self evident proof of the suitability of these varieties to the soils and climate of the Barossa Valley. The vineyards that provide the core of Lola, Ugni blanc and Semillon, are 65, 70 and 110 years of age. Their strengths are their high natural acids, complex yet subtle herbal aromatics and fine structures. The Viognier and Muscat-a-petit Grain contribute texture, flesh and floral aromatics.
Low yields, thoughtfully managed vineyards and precise timing of harvesting is essential in regions with warmer climates to deliver wines with freshness and verve.
All parcels of fruit were hand harvested separately and chilled prior to handling. Grapes were crushed and macerated on stems and skins for between 4 and 10 hours prior to pressing. Pressings are retained and utilized in the final blend. Juices were only roughly settled prior to fermentation in both stainless steel (approximately 70%) and old wood (30%). All fermentations were conducted with indigenous yeasts, approximately 20% also underwent natural malolactic fermentation. Components were matured sur lie prior to bottling after 9 months without filtration.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Spinifex is one of the undercover jewels of the Barossa Valley. Husband and wife team Peter Schell & Magali Gely have extensive experience in southern France, which proves the inspiration for their unique wines made from predominantly Rhone varietals.
Spinifex was on the front line of the new wave of Barossa producers. Peter’s wines brought a new sensibility to the region, they were lower in alcohol, concentrated but elegant, and balanced to perfection. He takes the art of blending into the realm of the virtuoso. There are few wineries who deliver refinement and poise from the Barossa Valley like Spinifex.
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
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