Spinifex Ugni Blanc 2017
Making wine in Provence over two vintages in the early 2000’s gave us an exposure to old vine Ugni blanc that at the time was a bit of a mind bend, subtle, savoury edged dry whites with power, texture and personality, wines that bore no resemblance to what we expected from Ugni blanc (akaTrebbiano). Retrospectively we shouldn’t have been too surprised - old vineyards, respectfully hand tended and harvested, vinified simply – it’s a situation and approach that tends to deliver the best of what nature has to offer. It was an experience that planted a seed in our minds and broardend our vision back in the Barossa.
Sourced from a tiny single vineyard in Altona (located in the central-southern stretches of the Barossa Valley) planted sometime in the early 1900’s. Grown in a pocket of deep white sand by an energetic and charismatic Italian gentleman, this vineyard has consistently delivered characterful and persuasive wines for the ten or so years that we have been receiving the fruit.
The 2017 harvest was hand-picked, fermented as whole clusters with indigenous yeasts and matured on lees in a seasoned French oak demi muid for 8 months prior to bottling without filtration.