93+ Points - Stuart McCloskey
The ’06 Papillon is a lovely blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. Sweet fruit, pepper and garrigue all give way to a medium to full-bodied wine that heavily sways towards a very good Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Sexy and drinking beautifully after two / three hours in a decanter.
With a five-star rating from leading critic, James Halliday of the Australian Wine Companion, Spinifex has now joined an elite group of Barossa Valley producers to have received this coveted accolade. In operation since 2001, husband and wife team, Peter Schell and Magali Gely settled in Barossa after stints in New Zealand and several vintages in Languedoc Roussillon where the couple first met. Becoming members of the Artisans of Barossa was a natural step for the pair who strongly subscribe to principles of small batch winemaking with a focus on regional terroir. This is reflected in their traditional approach to winemaking including the use of open top fermenters, basket presses, some wild yeast fermentation and long post-fermentation maceration on the skins. A wide range of wines is made on the estate with grapes sourced from some of the best growers in the Barossa and Eden Valleys. With Magali’s background as the daughter of a vigneron it comes as no surprise that the best wines are red and made with those same varieties which are planted at her family estate near Montpellier: shiraz, mataro (mourvedre), grenache, cinsault and carignan.
Situated in South Australia, 60 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, lies the Barossa Valley which has been producing wine since 1842 and these days is recognised as Australia’s quintessential wine region. The hot climate mixed with the ironstone and sandstone soil in the valley, makes excellent growing conditions for grapes and in particular, Shiraz (or Syrah) which classically is full bodied with earthy and spicy notes. Over the last 15 years there has also been an increased interest in the other red Rhone varietals Grenache and Mourvedre. The non-irrigated old vineyards on the cooler west side of the valley are the most treasured and provide fruit for Australia’s most famous wine, Penfolds Grange among many other top-quality bottlings.
Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
For full-bodied to powerful wines, which are expressive but also show minerality and smooth character. Accentuates complexity and finesse.
Ideal for: All types of Wine. Great as a small Red Wine Glass or an all round White Wine Glass. Adequate for Rosé too. Especially good for: Chardonnay, Chianti, Riesling and ‘Smaragd’ – wines from the Wachau.
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