2021 Spinifex Moppa Shiraz

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Excellent single-vineyard expression of Barossa Shiraz from mastercraftsman, Peter Schell.
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
4 Reviews

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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 old Moppa 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 celebrates a single site that Schell has vinified since 2005. Enthusiasts of old-school Barossa Shiraz, this will be right in their wheelhouse.

A dark, broody and exotically spiced Barossa Valley Shiraz. Aromatically complex, high toned pepper, vermouth herbs, iodine, liquored cherry and blackberry fruits overlay delicate peat smoke, sandalwood, cinnamon, star anise spice and deeper wood ash and warm leather notes. Still very primary. Full yet compact palate, strong tart dark plum and blackberry fruits on attack turn to deeper and earthier cassis and plum fruit, black tea, brown woody spices and bitter chocolate. Fresh dark fruit acids and tight, fine, slatey tannins drive a fresh finish.

Hand harvested fruit was chilled overnight prior to partial destemming, placed in open stainless steel and oak fermenters (with around 30 % of bunch kept entire) for between 10 and 24 days. Fermentations were undertaken with indigenous yeasts and were matured on light lees until racking and blending 20 months after harvest. Components were matured in thick staved French oak puncheons, demi muids and barriques, with about 40% being new.

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Blend: Shiraz (100%)
ABV: 14.20%
Closure: 750ml
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96 Points - "Very deep, concentrated purple-red colour that stains the glass. Concentrated and powerful to sniff and taste with impressive depth of dark fruits, tar, bitumen dried herbs and black pepper; the palate is full-bodied and powerful, dense and rich, fleshy and profound with enduring length. Blackberry and licorice, a riot of flavour: it's an exercise in power delivered with elegance. A very big and very young shiraz with a great future." - Huon Hook (The Real Review)

95 Points - "This is a serious Barossa shiraz. Serious colour, serious depth, serious flavour. It’s a plush wine, ripped with cedarwood and violet, blackberry and saturated plum flavours, with runs of dark chocolate and spearmint purring throughout. There’s a deceptive amount of tannin here too; deceptive because it’s so velvety, and so well integrated into the fruit. This is a bold wine. Big. Soft. Rich. And emphatic." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

96 Points - "Colour has never been a problem for Spinifex; here it's a super-saturated, magenta-edged crimson. Aromas of ripe blueberry, satsuma plum and boysenberry fruit notes. Hints of dark chocolate, brown spices, sandalwood, dark chocolate and citrus blossom. Plush and opulent with a mineral-laden line and melt-in-the-mouth tannins, it's a wine of great harmony and quality that paints a perfect picture of pristine northern Barossa fruit." - Dave Brookes (Halliday Wine Companion)

97 Points - "The bouquet is a gloriously perfumed mix of all spice, pepper and licorice, the palate every bit as vibrant as the aromas and then some. It has the magical mix of intensity and light-footed elegance that is a calling card of Spinifex, the bottle empty before you realise it." - James Halliday (The Weekend Australian)

Customer Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
Based on 4 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 3 Total 4 star reviews: 1 Total 3 star reviews: 0 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 0
4 reviews
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    peter r.
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    1 year ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Spinifex Moppa Shiraz 2019

    Spinifex Moppa Shiraz 2019 complex but still light and silky on the palate ,Delicious . Peter Schell and Magali Gely always seem to create amazing and unique wines in both reds and white . im addicted !!

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    Henry S.
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    1 year ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Spinifex Moppa Shiraz

    Beautiful fruit driven wine seamless integrated oak and tannin’s leaves a long and satisfying finish

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    Ian D.
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    2 years ago
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    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Cracking Shiraz

    Alluring aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, dark plum, black olive, licorice, bay leaf & spice, with a hint of vanillan oak. The palate brings through the dark fruits, in particular the blackberry, along with the licorice & spice, and now there's a subtle savoury undercurrent, & the vanillan oak lingers. It's rich & full bodied, with a good acid line & velvety soft tannins. Time will only improve it, but it's a cracking Shiraz right now.

  • KB
    Kenneth B.
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    3 years ago
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    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Quality Barossa Shiraz

    This is a quality hand made shiraz by one of the most consistent winemakers from one of the best small lots in the Barossa. This Shiraz from Moppa is quality and this vintage will reward patience for decades.

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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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