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Add this to your list of must-try Barossa blends! Spinifex is one of Australia's true pioneer producers. Husband and wife team of Peter Schell and Magali Gely have extensive winemaking experience in the south of France, which proves the inspiration for their unique wines made from predominantly Rhone varietals. As Peter explains, the Papillon is all about_ "capturing the fresh spice, fruit and herb aromas and flavours of Grenache and Cinsault in a supple, medium weight wine." To achieve this he picks the fruit fractionally before full ripeness, with the 90-year-old vineyards providing plenty of flavour and concentration. Bright, fresh and pure, this is a great example of the 'new Barossa' and just incredible value. Campbell Mattinson awarded it 93 points, at the same time labelling Spinifex as "one of Australia's premier producers." Hard to argue with wines like this.
What it Tastes Like
"Incredibly perfumed with lifted blueberry, strawberry and lavender notes. The palate is super pure, vibrant and juicy with those same, red and blue fruits and southern French florals. Grenadine as well. Really bright and racy, this a wine built of fragrance (on both the nose and the palate). It would do a top southern Rhone producer proud. A deliciously crunchy texture, cleansing acidity, and savoury grip, is somehow perfectly integrated with the wine's generous fruit giving a surreal sense of balance." - Bibendum Wines
94 points. "Light, bright and clear, not much deeper than some roses. A spicy, fresh blend of grenache and cinsaut, which has altogether surprising length and tenacity. Oak? Maybe yes, maybe no. But if yes, it?s well worn." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) 93 points. "Barossa Valley blend of grenache and cinsault from one of Australia’s premier producers. It’s light. It’s spicy. It’s insistent. This is not heavy in any way and yet it presses itself upon you. It’s hard to fathom how it does it. It tastes of super-fresh raspberry, earth and crushed spice and, simply, it just works." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Crafted from a range of old vine, dry grown Grenache and Cinsault (90 years of age on average), located in the east and far northern reaches of the Barossa Valley. Each vineyard is hand harvested when just ripe to "...ensure natural acids, freshness, spice and the fresher, edgier tannins are preserved." Incredibly perfumed with lifted blueberry, strawberry and lavender notes. The palate is super pure, vibrant and juicy with those same, red and blue fruits and southern French florals. Grenadine as well. Really bright and racy, this a wine built of fragrance (on both the nose and the palate). It would do a top southern Rhone producer proud. A deliciously crunchy texture, cleansing acidity, and savoury grip, is somehow perfectly integrated with the wine?s generous fruit giving a surreal sense of balance. As always, the wine is naturally fermented with a portion of whole bunches (30% in this case for heightened fragrance and more freshness) and pulled out of old wood after six months with the same logic.
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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