spinifex wines 5 red star rating by james halliday

Spinifex Wines from the Barossa Valley received the coveted Red 5 star rating in James Halliday’s definitive guide to the Australian Wine Industry in his 2010 Australian Wine Companion.

Here’s what he said “Peter Schell and Magali Gely are a husband and wife team from NZ who came to Australia in the early 1990s to study oenology and marketing, respectively, at Roseworthy College. Together they have spent four vintages making wine in France, mainly in the south where Magali’s family were vignerons for generations near Montpellier. The focus at Spinifex is the red varieties that dominate in the south of France: mataro (more correctly mourvedre), grenache, shiraz and cinsaut. The wine is made in open fermenters, basket-pressed, partial wild (indigenous) fermentations, and relatively long post-ferment maceration. This is at once a very old approach, but nowadays à la mode. The wines are made at Spinifex’s winery in Vine Vale, where Peter also makes wines for a number of clients to whom he consults. So far as I am concerned Spinifex out-Torbrecks Torbreck. Exports to the UK, the US, Canada, Belgium, Taiwan and Singapore. 5 red stars”.  James Halliday.