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.
Semillon and Ugni Blanc have been grown in the Barossa Valley since the 1850’s, self evident proof of the suitability of these varieties to the soils and climate of the Barossa Valley. The vineyards that provide the core of Lola, Ugni blanc and Semillon,
are 65, 70 and 110 years of age. Their strengths are their high natural acids, complex yet subtle herbal aromatics and fine structures. The Viognier and Muscat-a-petit Grain contribute texture, flesh and floral aromatics.
Dry grown, hand harvested. Single Vineyard High Eden Riesling, vines were planted in 1956 (0.8 tonnes per acre) .
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.
Crafted from a range of old vine, dry grown Grenache and Cinsault, (90 years of age average) located in the east and far northern reaches of the Barossa Valley. Each vineyard is hand harvested when just ripe to ensure natural acids, freshness, spice and the fresher edgier tannins are preserved.
Predominantly Grenache (91%) with Mataro (7% )and Cinsault (2%). Sourced from old vineyards on the northern, western and eastern edges of the Barossa Valley and from Moculta and Springton in Eden Valley.
This is the 5th vintage we have sourced fruit from the Amadio Vineyard in the northern Adelaide Hills. As is typical, this single vineyard Aglianico was the last parcel we harvested in 2016.
A Barossa Syrah that shows a nod to the variety's European heritage.
Twelve Barossa vineyards were the source for 2014 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.
Whilst this is the first single vineyard wine we have released from this vineyard, it has been a source of exceptional old vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro for Spinifex since 2005. The vineyard is located in the “Moppa”, an elevated area in the northern reaches of the Barossa Valley that sits within the triangle bounded by Greenock, Kalimna and Koonunga Hil.
Sourced from a 90+ yo Bush Vine vineyard in the Barossa sub-region of Lights Pass.