Spinifex – Barossa Valley

   Spinifex winery from the Barossa… a reflection of all great things the Barossa can do in wines with Shiraz, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Mataro, Grenache Gris, Marsanne, Semillon and Ugni Blanc. With the heavy emphasis of respecting the terroir, signature wines are created in synergistic blends – every single wine I’ve tried so far has exceeded my expectations for a good winery. The wines also represent the finesse of French wine styles and each has its own personality.

Furthermore all the wines are great value for price… These are the wines tried recently:

Spinifex ‘Lola’ Marsanne 2010: Delicate but definitive wine full of interesting characters on the nose and palate – think floral notes, almonds, nougat, pears, white nectarine and fresh acidity with firm, rounded texture and minerality. Overall a dry and complex white wine with a smooth finish. Rrp $20.

Spinifex Rosé 2010: A rosé wine made from Mataro, Cinsault, Grenache and Shiraz. Lovely salmon colour as opposed to the hot pink rosés that taste like a tarty fruit bomb! Fresh, vibrant palate with red fruits and savoury spices. Rrp $20.

Spinifex ‘Papillon’ 2009: A bright, aromatic, fresh red wine made from old vine Grenache, Cinsualt and Mataro. Nose – raspberries, red currants, red cherries, roses, spices and earthy notes; all also on the palate full of vibrant fruit, spices, a touch of wood and tannin dryness. Warm finish, long length. Rrp $24.

Spinifex ‘Espirit’ 2009: Deep, fragrant bouquet full of red fruits and spices, also on the palate, along with black fruits and plenty of texture and mouthfeel. Lovely, impressive wine with good solid finish… Great reviews and accolades from last year’s release. This is a personal favourite and a great table wine. Rrp $32.

Spinifex ‘Bete Noir’ 2009: Made from Shiraz. Rich, deep cocoa undertones with roasted characters (like mocha?), plums, blackberries and cedar, all enveloped super silky smooth mouthfeel and delicious bright acidity. Intense but somehow lightweight… Rrp $40.

Spinifex ‘Le Maline’ 2009: Shiraz Viognier. Dark and dense in colour. Aromatic with interesting complexity – ripe plums and berries, tobacco, leather, some exotic herbal notes and spices. Full body with red plums, dark fruits, leather and earthiness. Rich and silky. Dense but not heavy. Savoury finish with a touch of ripe fruit. Rrp $52.

Spinifex ‘Indigene’ 2009: Shiraz, Mataro, Grenache blend. Nose a little reserved but needs time to age. Again, aromatic with interesting complexity – sweet plum/cherries, fresh earth and touch of liquorice. Palate dark, earthy, rich, silky, with interesting leather and dark chocolate. Again, intense but not heavy. Great length. Rrp $52.

Spinifex ‘Le Chemin’ 2009: Grenache, Mataro, Shiraz, Carignan, Cinsault… A fantastic blend! Nose full of dark fruits and spices, blackberries and cherries. Palate bright and juicy with red fruits but prominent savoury spices and highly satisfying texture. Length is consistent and very good. Rrp $64.

Spinifex ‘Tabor’ 2009: Mataro. Nose reserved but needs age, can tell it’s lovely with leather and black juicy fruits. Palate is quite ripe even though needs to age. Rrp $75 (Sold Out at cellar door).

Spinifex ‘Valee des Roches’ 2009: single site Shiraz from Barossa. Fragrant nose, full but delicate. This is a powerful wine which has spices noticeable straight away, but overall soft, firm, and tannins have a good grip. Definitely for the cellar! Rrp $85.

All these wines were stunning and very impressive, especially with having a wide range of wines all displaying obvious care in winemaking. The reds will age well and I would love to see how they all are in 3+ years. I bought a few cases of the Spinifex Espirit from last year’s release and it’s sensational – drinking beautifully now but also very cellar worthy, although it’s hard to resist not touching the remaining bottles now. Anyway, hope you enjoy them as much as I do… Each wine has it’s unique focus so it’s worth trying wines across their whole range. http://www.spinifexwines.com.au/


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