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.
It comes as no surprise whatsoever that one of our own, Pete Schell of Spinifex Wines, has been nominated as a finalist in this year’s GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE Winemaker of the Year Awards.
We’ve selected 6 wines from the portfolio that not only reinforce the exceptional quality and value for money these wines represent, but also showcase the breadth of Pete’s spirit of exploration and experimentation
Grown in Eden Valey this Riesling is crisp, lemons, limes and requires only chilling and some prawns!
Lola is a beautiful medium bodied white, layered with flavours stone fruit & pear. Gorgeous by itself, or have along side any seafood, or lightly spiced dish!
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.
Grenache from Pete Schell is always distinctive! His talent with the varioety is truly sensational. This bright youthful Grenache will be sure to please.
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.
Made from a blend of vineyards located across the eastern Barossa foothills, Moppa and Eden Valley, the wine displays plenty of deep, plush dark black fruit
Vibrant, youthful and packed with flavour, the exceptional quality of these wines will set your expectations high for subsequent releases from this great vintage.