Definite old school feel; great to see Spinifex switch-hitting so successfully. Complex wine here anyway. Cue the fireplace, slow-cooked animal and a loyal dog at feet.
About the Wine
This is a deviation from the usual company line from Peter Schell.
Schell made his name as a trailblazer for the 'New Barossa' style, a more 'European' slant on the traditional Barossa powerhouse. But a good winemaker is guided by the fruit, and this particular batch of fruit from an ancient Nuriootpa vineyard was set decidedly to a more 'classic' Barossa tempo. Big, dark and brooding, Schell says it reminds him of the great classic wines of Penfolds and the like.
And so this separate bottling has come to be. It may not be for the Spinifex die-hard fans, but for enthusiasts of old-school Barossa Shiraz, this will be right in their wheelhouse.
Spinifex is one of the undercover jewels of the Barossa Valley, and very much a pioneer of the changing direction of this famous region.
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. Pete’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. These are brilliant Barossa wines.