Spinifex Syrah 2016
The Barossa experienced a dry and mild growing season in 2016. Yields were consequently low, even by dry grown Barossa standards, and the young wines from the vintage were dark, vigorous and concentrated. Shiraz parcels for the 2016 “Syrah” in particular were harvested much earlier than normal and delivered compact wines with strong fruit expression, a fresh tannin edge and good natural acids.
The vineyards that we feel are best suited to this cuvee are generally growing in either elevated or more exposed sites, where earlier harvesting gives wines with bright fruit expression and a textural freshness.
Vineyards are located in both the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Vine age varies from 20 to 90 years old and all fruit is hand harvested. In the winery it’s about keeping it simple and employing a fermentation regime and an elevage program that is centred on retaining primary fruit and freshness, and it's typically pretty hands off; natural ferments, portions of fruit are de-stemmed or retained as whole clusters, and maceration times are under ten days. The young wines then sit on light lees in a mixture of old demi-muids, foudres and concrete tanks for 10 months prior to blending and bottling without filtration.