2017 Spinifex Syrah

2017 Spinifex Syrah

Barossa Valley, South Australia


Winemaker: Peter Schnell
Vineyard/Year: Spinifex / 2015
Being poured at: The Lakehouse

If Spinifex is not one of the most exciting Australian producers to have cropped up in the last decade then we don’t know much about wine.

Spinifex’s Syrah is Pete Schell’s take on a leaner, higher-toned expression of his adopted region. To this end, Schell sources from “… generally higher, cooler sites, where earlier harvesting gives wines with bright fruit expression and a textural freshness”.

Tasting notes

The 2017 was cropped from five high, exposed parcels in the Barossa and Eden Valley, where the soils are generally poor and skeletal - for the most part light, gravelly and silty sands over deeply weathered base rocks of varied origins. Vine age varies from 25 to 115 years old (averaging 50 years old), and all fruit is hand harvested.
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