Grenache Cinsault Mourvedre Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Spinifex appropriate much of their grapes from small family growers, often dealing with passionate farmers who are excited to find a winemaker who is interested in their vineyard and their fruit. A partisan assemblage of Rhonesque varietals, Mataro and Cinsault, Grenache and Shiraz, is formulated into a moreish pink wine by a dedicated couple with a strong French connection, who continue to work vintages in Provence and Languedoc, Bordeaux and La Bourgogne.
Peter Schell knows from Barossa Rose, having spent vintages in Provence and several years at the illustrious Barossa Rose specialists, Turkey Flat. Schell finds the esoteric Cinsault to be an underrated grape, peerless as a blending component. It's lumpy, fat appearance on the vine means that it is often overlooked, yet it exudes delightful aromatics of potpourri, herbs and spice. Each individual parcel is separately handled and fermented, until the decision is made as to what and how much is included into the final wine. Parcels are separately vinified to traditional Rose making techniques, before assembling components into a classically provencal styled pink wine, elegant and ethereal, complex, fine and dry.
Light apricot pink colour. A complex and refined Mediterranean style with subtle, discreet aromatics. Musk, raspberry, pink rose petals, just ripened strawberries, quince and a hint of spice with slight savoury undertone. The palate is bone dry with flavours ranging through cherry and red currants, savouriness and a refreshing dryness from the acidity, displaying light, fine tannins.