With family roots and extensive wine-making experience in the South of France, there is a strong French connection which drives the style and feel of Spinifex. Started in 2001 by Peter Schell and Magali Gely, Spinifex sources grapes from some of the oldest Barossa and Eden Valley vineyards planted to the classic Mediterranean varieties (Shirax, Grenache, Mataro, Cinsault, Carignan and Ugni Blanc) that have been successfully grown in the Barossa for over 150 years. With a winemaking philosophy that embraces sustainable vineyard practises and minimal intervention in the winery, there is a strong focus on producing wines where balance, purity of fruit and restraint is key. Such an approach delivers wines with a strong sense of integrity, personality, regional character and style.
The light touch of Pete Schell is on display with the amazingly fragrant wine. The variety sometimes is known as Frontignac and can be sweet, but this has been taken through a full ferment and as such fishes very dry and quite broad on the palate, Serve with a fennel salad and goats chevre.
Small batch winemaking doesn't get smaller than this with just 25dz made and we've got 36 bottles!
Pale as pale, and dry as dry. Soft red fruit arromatics and gentle mouth feel make this go perfect with any deck and 28 degree or more day.
Vital, youthful and vigorous. Bright, punchy fruit aromatics of damson plum and mulberry sit above darker dried herb and wood smoke notes. Mid weight palate with lively red berry and tart stone fruit flavours that mesh with nervy, bright fruit acids and light, snappy tannins.
The 2016 Spinifex Pinot Noir is sourced from a single vineyard nestled high in the Barossa Ranges, just beneath the famed Steingarten Vineyard. Fermented as whole clusters with indigenous yeast and matured sur lie for 10 months prior to being bottled it displays all the classic hallmarks of the great Pinot grape, an alluring fragrance and a fine supple palate.
Grenache from Pete Schell is always distinctive! His talent with the varioety is truly sensational. This bright youthful Grenache will be sure to please.
Twelve Barossa vineyards were the source for 2016 Bete Noir Shiraz. Vineyard age ranges from between 25 and 130 years, with 60 years being a fair average across the blend. Vineyards are located across a variety of the Barossa’s sub regions, the Eastern Foothills, Moppa, Moculta, and Eden Valley all contributing.
Sourced from a 90+ yo Bush Vine vineyard in the Barossa sub-region of Lights Pass.