Spinifex Esprit 2005

Barossa Valley
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94 Points - James Halliday

A fragrant bouquet with multiple oriental spices defying precise description; light- to medium-bodied, with silky mouth feel, bright red fruits running through to a long finish uncluttered by tannins. Barossa Valley Grenache/Shiraz/Cinsault/Mataro/Carignan.

Taste & Aroma

Score:94

A fragrant bouquet with multiple oriental spices defying precise description; light- to medium-bodied, with silky mouth feel, bright red fruits running through to a long finish uncluttered by tannins. Barossa Valley Grenache/Shiraz/Cinsault/Mataro/Carignan.

James Halliday on Mar 1st, 2007

Producer

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. 

Spinifex Estate, Barossa Valley, Australia

Region

Barossa Valley Wines

 

A land of rolling hills and ancient vines, in the heart of South Australia, Barossa is arguably Australia’s most recognised wine region, but has not been without its ups and downs.

 

Barossa’s story began in the mid 1800s when a group of Silesian Lutherans, fleeing religious persecution, settled in the region and began working the land of Barossa’s largest land owner George Fife Angas. The settlers took to growing fruit and due to the climate in the region, grapes were most ideally suited and toward the end of the 1800s, several wineries had been established. Distinctly Germanic names such a Johann Henschke, Oscar Seppelt of Seppeltsfield and Kaesler that are leading names in the Barossa wine industry today are evidence of these early pioneers, and many are continuing today through several generations of the same family.

The wines were originally produced for religious and home use but it didn’t take long before they were being made commercially and by the start of the 20th Century wine was being exported back to England. The demand for fortified wine was huge and this coupled with the long journey on water, fortified wines dominated Barossa’s wine market right up until the end of the 1960s, but this would lead to a crisis that would set the industry into decline. As demand for fortified wines dried up, many growers were left unprofitable and the South Australian Government introduced the vine pull scheme, uprooting many of Barossa’s ancient vines during the 1980s. It took the efforts of some of the regions new faces of the time to bring the industry back by paying the growers above market value for their grapes, and saving the old vines that have become a hallmark of Barossa wine.

It is Barossa’s ancient vines that have shaped the region's style and reputation and the forward thinking attitude of the region's producers is one that is only beginning to filter through to the rest of the wine world. The winemakers of the 1980s helped to revive Barossa’s heritage, paving the way for the next generation of Barossa winemakers and this balance between heritage and progression has continued with an unparalleled energy through the region's newest and brightest stars of the 21st Century.

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