Spinifex Wines owners and operators, Peter Schell and Magali Gely, have had a home in the Barossa Valley for over twenty years and hold a strong commitment to and passion for the Barossa. They also have a strong French connection, both physically and philosophically. Magali's family, who up until recently were vignerons with a long lineage in Lunel, near Montpellier, still live in south France, and over the last ten years Peter has worked six French vintages, in Provence, the Languedoc, Bordeaux and Burgundy.

Time spent in the south of France has fuelled their interest in making unique, hand crafted wines with personality, which are generous and honest expressions of the varieties and their provenance.

 

Spinifex Wines grapes are sourced from a group of dedicated growers in both the Barossa and Eden Valleys, taking advantage of the great diversity of the soils and meso-climates of the Barossa to create wines with balance, character, depth of flavour and Barossan generosity.

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Peter Schell - Winemaker of the Year 2019 Finalist

Peter (or Pete, as he’s universally known) Schell is a man of instinct; exploring possibilities and opportunities with an innate curiosity and intuition. Schell experiments with parcels of fruit, often blending them for some years into his seemingly random portfolio of dangerously drinkable wines before allowing a variety to fly solo.

The Spinifex range is a reflection of the (often minuscule) parcels of fruit that Schell seeks out from both ancient vines and new-wave varieties. Schell finds that these old vines – which have tolerated the rigours of drought and heat – produce fruit of exceptional depth, with the indefinable savoury flavours that set Spinifex apart from the stereotypical Barossa style.

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Bete Noir 2019

Hand-harvested blend from 6 old vineyards with an average age of 65 years. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels. This is a rich, fruity, layered Barossa Valley Shiraz. Nose with black plums, ripe mulberries, candied cherries, brown cardamom and fresh leather. Full-bodied, velvety on the palate and long aftertaste. Intense black currant and black cherry flavours with hints of wood ash and cloves. Soft, ripe fruit acids balanced by heavy tannins.

Moppa Shiraz 2019

Grown from a single old vineyard, hand-harvested and fermented for 10 and 18 days, and aged for 20 months in French oak barrels. This is a rich, dark and exotic Barossa Valley Shiraz. The nose is complex, with ripe mulberry and black currant fruit covering sandalwood, cardamom, star anise spice and deeper wood ash and leather. It's varied and impressive. On the palate you will experience dark plum fruit and black tea, pomegranate acidity and light tannins.

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Lola 2019

Harvested entirely by hand, with very attractive orchard fruit aromas, with aromas of peach, melon, honey and pear. On the palate it is smooth and plump, with soft, supple, ripe stone fruit flavours such as lemon, plum, fresh apricot. A blend of Semillon, Clairette, Vermentino and Viognier.

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Miette Shiraz 2019

Hand-picked late in the harvest season, the grapes are selected and fermented in open stainless steel and oak fermentation tanks for 7 to 12 days and macerated for 10 to 14 days before pressing. A final 20-month maturation in French oak barrels. This is an aromatic, high-key, medium-tasting Barossa Shiraz. The nose is complex, including spiced cherries, mulberries, raisins, bay leaves, red plums, ripe beetroot plums and chocolate. Medium bodied and fresh on the palate with red fruit, dried herbs and savory dry woody spice.