Spinifex Rosé 2022
SPECIAL BUY 6 or more. Stunning new release – Grenache/mataro/shiraz blend. 94 points Halliday “Pete Schell makes a damn fine rosé.”
“Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new wave of small scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century. These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.” Max Allen. The future makers.
This stellar release marks the 20th vintage of Provençal styled rosé at Spinifex. This year it’s a blend of Barossa Valley Grenache (52%), Mataro (30%), Shiraz (16%) and Cinsault (2%). The vines are all dry-grown and mainly bush vines with an average age of 50 years, although the oldest parcels reach up to 90 years of age.
The fruit was all hand-picked and chilled overnight, before crushed bunches were macerated for between six and 24 hours before pressing. The wine was wild-fermented mainly in tank (with five per cent fermented and aged in old French oak demi-muids), and matured on lees prior to being bottled.
The resulting wine offers the kind of vibrant texture and crunchy line that were once the exclusive domaine of Provençal rosé. Not anymore. With delicate red fruits, grapefruit and a little river stone and garrigue, it’s a bone-dry and gently textured wine with a chalky feel and a nervy cut. The finish is long, pristine, and tinged with saline minerality.
94 points, Dave Brookes for Halliday Wine Companion “Pete Schell makes a damn fine rosé. This year it’s 52/30/16/2% grenache/mataro/shiraz/cinsault and it sits light salmon in the glass showing aromas of nectarine, raspberry and grapefruit along with hints of redcurrant jelly, white flowers, crushed stone and maybe a touch of lanolin. Sapid and fine with a lovely shimmering acid line and savoury palate shape and an endearing lipsmacking briny finish that begs another glass.”
91 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front “Pale crimson/salmon-like colour, redcurrant flavours, dry, savoury, earthen, that kind of thing. Firmly in the ‘pale and dry’ camp. Watermelon characters, maybe some grapefruit, definitely some spice. Light in a good way. Frisky but with plenty going on. Good gear”
RRP $30 *Our Special Price $22.99 when you buy 6 or more of this wine.
Grenache and Blends
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Australia, Barossa Valley