Spinifex Bete Noir Shiraz 2014
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.
All vineyards are owned and farmed by old Barossa families who have a deep pride and connection with their land and the Valley. Shiraz in the Barossa Valley is a cultivar particularly affected by harvest maturity, 2-3 days of additional time left on the vine can make a huge difference to its fruit expression and balance, both positive or negative, and consequently we invest a lot of time in our Shiraz vineyards prior to find what we hope is the best point of balance for harvest.
Each vineyard is hand harvested and around 25-50 % of bunches are retained within ferments, with the balance only being de-stemmed. Fermentations are undertaken in small open stainless steel and oak open fermenters with indigenous yeasts. Macerations vary by parcel and range from between 9 and 28 days.
Young wines are left on lees in a selection of new and seasoned oak vessels, ranging in size from between 225 l and 3100 l, approximately 25 % being first use, for 16-18 months prior to assemblage.
Bete is bottled un-fined and unfiltered.