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2015 Spinifex Esprit

Barossa Valley, SA

Seamlessly balanced, uniquely styled and ultra delicious Barossa Grenache.

HIGH SCORE

$35.00

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About
As a season 2015 delivered wines of measure and poise, displaying fine, detailed fruit aromatics and lively palates.

Peter Schell, owner/winemaker

About The Wine

The Esprit is Peter Schell's Grenache dominant blend made from vines up to 160 years old.

The 2015 Esprit is much heavier on the Grenache component than previous years, the quality of the Grenache fruit demanding front and centre stage in this iteration of the blend.

As Pete says,  "With Esprit we are seeking a pure, finely structured expression of the Barossa."

This, as with all Spinifex's wines, is balanced to perfection. If you love old vine Barossa Grenache, value-wise the Esprit is as good as you will find from any producer in the region.

About Spinifex

Spinifex are one of the 'New' Barossa's true pioneer producers.

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.

Winemaker Peter Schell
Winemaker Peter Schell
Barossa Valley, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

In 2015 we produced just 310 cases of Esprit. As a season 2015 delivered wines of measure and poise, displaying fine, detailed fruit aromatics and lively palates. Sourced from five Barossa vineyards with ages ranging between 25 and 160 years, planted to varieties that have had a sympathetic home in the Barossa since vines were first introduced in the early to mid 1800s.

With Esprit we are seeking a pure, finely structured expression of the Barossa. Key contributers in achieving this are vine age, a soil sympathetic to the variety and dedicated vineyard husbandry. Soils are poor, generally loamy sands sitting over varied parent material bases, and quartz shot red clays. All are unirrigated. Each vineyard and variety plays its part quietly in this blend, each contributing to the aromatic, flavour and structure of the wine. All fruit was hand harvested and vinification was kept relatively simple.

Around 30-60% of bunches were retained and fermented as whole clusters, dependant on variety and vineyard –being generally higher with the Grenache components. Fermentations were undertaken in small open stainless steel fermenters with indigenous yeasts and maceration times were generally between 12-30 days. Elevage on light lees was undertaken in a selection of thick staved 600 L demi muids prior to blending and finishing in a 2500 L foudre.

Unfined and bottled without filtration.

Blend : Grenache (58%), Mataro (40%), Cinsault (2%)
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml
Production : 310 dozen

Winemaker Pete Schell
Winemaker Pete Schell
Barossa Valley, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"Complex, savoury, spice laden aromatics overlaying ripe red fruits – a pure expression of the Barossa. On first opening the Mataro leads, withsandlewood, cedar, wood smoke, soy, tobacco and hazelnut. The perfume of Grenache develops in the glass adding tart cranberry, tarragon, cassis, raspberry, lily and dried cherry aromatics over base notes of ink and black tea. Detailed and fine. Youthful mid-weight palate, smoky, spiced red cherry and tart raspberry fruits are underlain by strong brown woody spices and tobacco leaf notes. Tannins are lightly iodine-like / ferrous, yet light, powdery and dry. Fresh, savoury, complex." - Peter Schell, owner/winemaker

96Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"A blend of 58% grenache, 40% mataro, 2% cinsaut, matured for 14 months in used French oak. This is still at the dawn of its life; the colour brilliant, but deep; the bouquet simply directing traffic to the medium-bodied palate that has so much to say. Red and dark fruits come first, spice, herbs and earth next, frisky tannins on the finish." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

Delivery

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Sydney Metro orders in the Pink Zone will be delivered the next day 5 days per week, Monday through Friday. Orders in the Blue Zone will be delivered on Tuesdays and Fridays. Everything outside these zones will be delivered by Australia Post.

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