Grenache Cinsault Mataro Barossa South Australia
What Spinifex choose to do best is discover isolate parcels of old vine, sometimes overlooked or underloved, at the Côtes du Rhône end of the varietal spectrum. This is no flight of fancy, as the background of the husband and wife team includes many growing seasons in France. Papillon is bottled towards the end of vintage year. Crafted from very old material Grenache, Cinsualt and Mataro, Spinifex hand select the vines and pick grapes, vinifying the parcels with an aim of creating a wine that's all about freshness, fruit and spice, a wine that's bright and alive.
Spinifex make small quantities of unique hand crafted regional wines from the Barossa and Eden Valleys. Spinifex wines are fashioned into a more complete and complex, unique and characterful wine, always assembled from components that are the result of an interaction between variety, soil and mesoclime. Peter Schell vinifies everything at his estate wineworks in Bethany, Tanunda, where he also runs his own winemaking consultancy company. Over many years, Schell and his girl Magali Gely have worked for prominent Barossa brands, including tours of duty at the highly distinguished Mountadam and Turkey Flat, whilst also finding the time to work vintages in the south of France.
Bright and brilliant, ruby red. Very aromatic and bright, lifted cherry, red currant and spicy raspberry fruit are overlaid by pot pouri and exotic herb. With time in the glass reveals subtle warm earthy notes of beetroot, subtle white pepper and caraway spice. Distinctly medium weight on the palate with a lovely line of acidity and light, slightly sappy, fresh tannin dryness. Savoury spice and dried herbs building towards the end of palate.