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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.