2021 Spinifex La Maline

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The top release from the Spinifex stable. An exquisite Shiraz with a dash of Viognier.
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Peter Schell is regarded as one of the most influential winemakers in the recent renaissance of the Barossa Valley. Pete paved the way for a new breed of Barossa winemakers with stunning wines like this: his flagship wine, La Maline.

Made in only tiny quantities, La Maline is a more elegant side of Barossa Shiraz. Peter Schell does a barrel selection for this wine, from two parcels in the High-Eden subregion of the Eden Valley. With the deft touch we have come to expect from this producer, the fruit undergoes a wild ferment in large format oak (about 40% new) and sees a healthy dose of whole bunches and a small amount of Viognier for aromatic lift.

It is a pleasure to drink this wine. Finesse and intricacy combine effortlessly with the brooding power of the region. All in all, a beautiful wine.

97 points
"Sends my hippocampus into overdrive remembering great Côte-Rôtie "
- Dave Brookes (Halliday Wine Companion)

Medium to full bodied – at this point unevolved – spiced black cherry and sour dark plum fruits on attack turn to red plum and raspberry fruits, the flavours and feel of pomegranate cocoa build towards the finish – beneath the tannin the palate is quite open knit, wood and bunch tannins are yet to fully integrate and drive the palate to a tight, fine finish. Elegant, cool feel.
All fruit is hand harvested. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in open oak and stainless-steel fermenters for between 12 and 21 days prior to pressing. Between 30-45 % of whole bunches were retained within the otherwise de-stemmed must. Around 2% whole Viognier fruit was included in the fermenters. Elevage was undertaken in French oak barriques and demi-muids, approximately 40% new, on light lees for 20 months prior to assemblage and bottling.

Region: Eden Valley, SA
Blend: Shiraz, Viognier
ABV: 14.20%
Closure: 750ml
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95 Points - "Good depth and hue of purple-ish colour, the bouquet fresh and minty, indeed a basket of fragrant herbs is there to sniff. The wine is elegant and medium-full bodied, with softly drying tannins and approachability. A wine of effortless power and style." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

95 Points - "Talk about nailing it. This slots straight into the realms of the glorious. It’s meaty, spicy, jammed with well-ripened fruit and just so well structured; so persistent. Plums and exotic spices, floral lifts, some undergrowth, some game. It feels filigreed; it feels certain. The complexity here, in a silken/seamless context, is right up there." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

97 Points - "Peter Schell's La Maline shiraz/viognier blend has always struck me as a Barossan wine with distinctly northern Rhône sensibilities. The fruit purity and depth scream of its antipodean roots, but the sense of mineral energy, tight granitic tannins and earthy amaro and spice-speckled aspects sends my hippocampus into overdrive remembering great Côte-Rôtie I've been lucky enough to drink. Whole bunches have been deployed in a masterly fashion here, and the wine is graceful but has a real sense of latent power, a wonderfully pure depth of plum and dark fruits and a long, detailed finish. Great vintage, too." - Dave Brookes (Halliday Wine Companion)

97 Points - "Uses two shiraz parcels from the High Eden subregion, plus a dash of viognier. The wine soars like a butterfly, its shimmering wings racing from raspberry to cinnamon, reflecting the inclusion of 20-45 per cent whole bunches and vines up to 70 years old. Eden Valley’s answer to pinot noir." - James Halliday (The Weekend Australian)

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    Very modern wine!

    A very good wine! I like it a lot!

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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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