2019 Spinifex Aglianico

One of the country's best Aglianicos and another string to Pete Schell's bow.
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This Aglianico has become a regular part of the Spinifex range, and it's always a deliciously different offering from this winemaking wizard.

Pete was first inspired to make this wine after tasting some Adelaide Hills Aglianico a few years back and finding that it delivered many of the traits he seeks in his reds - terms like "nervy", "high-toned", "chiseled" and "savoury" are ever-present when he speaks about his wines.

It comes from the Amadio vineyard in the northern Adelaide Hills, and with Aglianico being such a late-ripening variety is the last of the Spinifex crop to be picked. It spends a couple of weeks on skins, is fermented in older oak with a portion of stainless steel, and is bottled unfiltered with minimal additions.

Interest and deliciousness writ large here. Super drink.

Pete Schell's Aglianico is drawn from vines rooted in the quartz clay and granite soils of Caj Amadio's vineyard near Kersbrook in the northern Adelaide Hills, at 300 metres above sea level. Aglianico is already a late ripening variety--more so at this kind of altitude--and these are Spinifex's last vines to be harvested. Pete says, "Aglianico has shown a great affinity for this site with the fruit ripening very late, typically just before the break in the season, with deep flavours, fresh tannins and high natural acids."

The fermenting wine spent around two weeks on its skins and was matured in large format casks, thick stave demi-muids and stainless steel. To capture the variety's perfume and bright fruit, it was bottled unfiltered after 10 months. With the exception of a little sulphur dioxide, nothing was added.

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  • AS
    Adam S.
    Verified Buyer
    2 years ago
    Rated 3 out of 5 stars
    Ok. Italian version preferred.

    Fine aussie example, but doesnt hit the mark completely.

  • CH
    Craig H.
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    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    4 years ago
    Wine Knowledge Level Enthusiast
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Great value!

    This is a well balanced, full bodied wine. Fantastic value at it's price.

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Spinifex Wines

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.

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