Spinifex of the Barossa Valley is one of the most impressive 'new comers' of Australian wine. Established in 2001, Spinifex is still very much viewed as 'a new kid on the block' given the long history of many of its Barossa counterparts.
Spinifex is the project of New Zealand-born Peter Schell, a Roseworthy graduate who had spent several vintages working in the south of France prior to establishing Spinifex. Given his time working in southern France, a focus on Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro and Cinsault was hardly surprising.
The 2017 Spinifex Syrah is a pure expression of the grape and the soils in which it was grown. All fruit was hand harvested from higher altitude Barossa and Eden Valley vineyards early in the growing season and fermented as whole clusters and gently destemmed berries. Fermented with indigenous yeast and matured sur lie for 10 months prior to being bottled without filtration it displays the classic characters of the great Shiraz grape - deep aromatics and a strong yet supple palate.
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