2023 Spinifex Muscat a Petits Grains

Spinifex |Barossa Valley |Muscat a Petits Grains
Peter Schell tames this wild variety beautifully to create a fun yet thought-provoking drinking experience.
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Well isn't this just fun to drink!

Peter Schell has been working with this 70-year-old, organically farmed vineyard in Moppa for some time, utilising this delicious Muscat a Petits Grains fruit for his Lola blend.  As a stand-alone wine however, this provides a truly unique drinking experience.

Pete works hard in the winery using oak and other techniques to tone down the variety's natural fruity exuberance, so what you're left with is a tasty treat of citrus and tropical fruit, with some waxy honeyed notes completing the picture. Good fun!

Muscat Blanc à Petit Grains—white Muscat or 'Fronti' in South Australia—has been responsible for some of Barossa’s greatest fortified wines. Most of the region’s Muscat vineyards are old, dry-grown and overseen by seasoned growers compelled to preserve a slice of Barossa history and resist a switch to more commercial varieties. Pete and Magali work with a 70-year-old, organically farmed vineyard in Moppa, in the northwest corner of the Barossa Valley. In Pete's words, it’s a site that delivers spectacular fruit.

In the cellar, Schell crushes the fruit prior to macerating for a couple of days before pressing it into old oak for fermentation. The wine undergoes partial malolactic fermentation to tone back Fronti’s natural exuberance, so although the nose offers roses, orange and some tropical notes, the whole remains subtle and balanced. The palate is loaded with orange, honey and flowers and shot through with fresh, zippy acidity. This is delicious and a lot of fun to drink.

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    2018 Spinifex Muscat a Petit Grains
    2018 Spinifex Muscat a Petit Grains
    Rated 4 out of 5 stars
    Fragrant and dry

    Amazing on the nose - complex, powerfully fragrant, and with a delicious, dry finish.

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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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