2017 Spinifex Miette GCM

2017 Spinifex Miette GCM

Recommendations

Barossan Grenache Mataro from the master Pete Schell at Spinifex. 
We don't know how he does it, but this is a marvellous wine - of texture, savouriness yet still ripe fruit, the palate shapely and full yet finessed too.

Masterful, modern Barossa red.

Expert Reviews

96 Points - James Halliday - Top 100 WinesSpinifex in best form. Tendrils of spice and wood smoke on the bouquet, ramping up the chorus of red and black cherries, raspberry and blackberry on the medium-bodied, juicy palate. This isn't simply a case of having fun with an esoteric blend, it's been carefully calibrated.

Tech stuff

Grenache Blend
Spinifex
Barossa Valley
2017
750ml
14.5%
Cellar to 2025
Screw Cap

Light

Full

How's it taste?

The 2017 Spinifex Miette is a sumptuous blend of Grenache and Mataro, with a splash of Cinsault in the mix. It's bright and lifted on the nose, with red fruits and floral high notes, matched with the darker, more savoury aspects of Mataro. It's elegant and layered, and so, so moreish.

How was it made?

All vineyards were hand-harvested. Around 30% of the Grenache was left as whole bunches, the balance all destemmed, and the fruit allowed to ferment naturally in open fermenters. Élevage was undertaken on light lees, in 2300-litre foudres and stainless steel prior to racking, blending and bottling without filtration.

Who made it?

Spinifex was started in 2001 with the opportunity to source some great old vine Mataro growing in deep white drift-sand on the Barossa Valleys’ Western Ridge. Owned by husband and wife team, Peter Schell and Magali Gely, their focus is on regional wines from the traditional Mediterranean grape varieties that have been grown successfully in Australia for over 150 years - Shiraz, Mataro, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Ugni Blanc, Grenache Gris, Marsanne and Semillon. They aim to make wines that display signatures of vineyard provenance and vintage, show regional typicity and have a consistent thread of 'house style' that reflects their preferences and experiences with wine. The wines they choose to make are predominately blends, the synergies derived from blending wines of differing character enhance the subtle complexities, even textures and profound personalities delivered from great old vine vineyards.

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