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Spinifex - Esprit 2014


  • Country: Australia
  • Wine Region: South Australia
  • Wine Area: Barossa Valley
  • Wine Maker: Peter Schell & Magali Gely
  • Grape: Grenache Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 58% Grenache, 40% Mataro and 2% Cinsault
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2021
Duty/Vat Paid
JS: 93 (2014) JH: 96 (2013) WF: 91 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

In keeping with the spinifex approach to hand crafting unique wines, the fruit for this wine was hand-picked from six low yielding Barossa vineyards, fermented in small batched, basket pressed and matured separately for 20 months in a selection of French oak. Strong fruit flavors, structure and balance will allow this wine to improve in the bottle for up to seven years. Only 330 cases produced.

Expert Reviews

James Suckling (2014)93 pts

Blend of 91% grenache, 7% mataro and 2% cinsault. Plenty of ripe red berry, blueberry, plum fruit as well as a fleshy, billowing tannin shape. Loaded with back-end flavors. Succulent and balanced. Drink now. Screw cap.

James Halliday (2013)96 pts

The colour is distinctly deeper than the '14 Papillon, which is as it should be. This brings the Barossa Valley into close contact with high quality Rhone Valley wines, its intensity and vibrancy wonderful to see - and flow in a mouthfilling stream of red fruits, both fresh and poached, with a garland of spice and dusty tannins providing a savoury finish.

Wine Front (2014)91 pts

From vines ranging from 75 to 150 years old, this is a fine and fresh blend of grenache, mataro and cinsault. E’er reliable sort of wine for those seeking medium weight, interesting, easy-drinking Barossa red vibes. Some nice tension in this release. There’s good energy to this wine, a kind of tautness, a lean and yet muscly sort of thing. Scents are wonderful with a mesh of lavender, pepper, briar, bergamot tea and a range of black berry and cherry fruitiness. The palate is pristine, lively, set around mulberry and tart cherry fruit characters, branded with spice, more black tea and a suggestion of herbs. Acidity is a touch peaky, but forgiven in generous supple gulps of this comely stuff. It’s another solid release, if not quite to year-on-year standard.

Vinification Notes

All fruit is hand harvested and vinification is kept simple. Between 30-60% of bunches are retained and fermented as whole clusters, (generally at the higher end for the Grenache components). Fermentations were undertaken in small open stainless steel fermenters with indigenous yeasts and maceration times were generally between 12-30 days. Élevage (on light lees) was undertaken in a selection of thick staved 600-litre demi muids prior to blending and finishing in a 2,500-litre foudre.