2019 Spinifex Dominion Shiraz

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New Spinifex single vineyard Shiraz release - all elegant power and sweet-fruited deliciousness
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First release of a straight Shiraz from the Dominion vineyard in the Vine Vale region, first planted in 1918. This is a wonderful follow up to the Dominion Grenache released previously by Pete and Magali at Spinifex.

The dry 2019 vintage meant for very low old-vine yields but incredible concentration, and tannin. So to maintain the fleshy but fine-boned Spinifex style, the extraction was kept to a minimum, and the whole bunch component sat at 30%.

Such a classy, refined wine for a Barossa red from an intense vintage. The nose is dense as can be, with plums and chocolate dominating. But the palate is both luscious and nervy, with some sleek oak flavours in the background.

An awesome debut release, best kept for a decade.

Located near Vine Vale, the Dominion vineyard covers four hectares, with the Shiraz drawn from 0.8-hectares of ancient vines planted in 1918, along with two additional parcels planted between 1993 and 1997.

First vintage or otherwise, the wine itself is something special. Opening with black plums and cherries, dark chocolate, a little graphite, and a touch of new leather, there's tremendous sense of delicacy and detail despite the obvious power. The palate revels in the purity and intensity that results from well-farmed, incredibly old vines. A sliver of classy oak sits discreetly in the background and, while the tannins are there, they are silken and barely perceptible. It's so damn drinkable now but this will still be looking great in 10, if not 20 years from now.

96 Points - "Pete Schell's inaugural release of a single-vineyard shiraz from the Dominion vineyard in Vine Vale, planted in 1918. As with all of Pete's wines, the leitmotif is fruit purity writ large. Here it's juicy damson plum and black cherries sheathed in purple floral flecks that I often see in wines from the foot of the eastern range. Deep spice, a touch of polished leather, fine long-chain tannins that cascade through the wine and a simmering sense of latent power. It's a wine of great depth but there is a sense of grace present also, which is a wonderful thing." - Dave Brookes (Halliday Wine Companion)

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    2 years ago
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    An absolute ripper

    Really good shiraz here - deep, dark and delicious.

    Great buying!

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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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