2018 Spinifex Syrah
Barossa Valley, South Australia
Vineyard/Year: Spinifex / 2018
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”.
The wine, naturally fermented with a judicious use of whole clusters (on average 30%) in a combination of stainless steel, wood and concrete fermenters, also sees a shorter maturation than the Esprit and Bête Noir, et al. The 2018 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.
Wild and savoury yet soft and sumptuous, this is Barossa Shiraz unlike we usually see it. Interesting, flavour-packed and more-ish. Another winner from this superstar winemaker.
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