Spinifex Papillon 2015
Bright and fragrant blend of Grenache and Cinsault. Better than ever!
‘Pete and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.’ Max Allen, The future makers
‘It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.’ Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.
Pete Schell’s Papillon, ‘the butterfly‘ was one of the first of the mod-Barossa wines to show that ripeness and depth of flavour needn’t come at the expense of freshness and vineyard clarity. All these years later it remains at the very top if its game. If anything, it has never been in better form.
Crafted from a range of old vine, dry grown Grenache and Cinsault (90 years of age on average), located in the east and far northern reaches of the Barossa Valley. Each vineyard is hand harvested when just ripe to “…ensure natural acids, freshness, spice and the fresher, edgier tannins are preserved.” Incredibly perfumed with lifted blueberry, strawberry and lavender notes. The palate is super pure, vibrant and juicy with those same, red and blue fruits and southern French florals. Grenadine as well. Really bright and racy, this a wine built of fragrance (on both the nose and the palate). It would do a top southern Rhone producer proud. A deliciously crunchy texture, cleansing acidity, and savoury grip, is somehow perfectly integrated with the wine’s generous fruit giving a surreal sense of balance. As always, the wine is naturally fermented with a portion of whole bunches (30% in this case for heightened fragrance and more freshness) and pulled out of old wood after six months with the same logic.
94 points James Halliday Wine Companion “Light, bright and clear, not much deeper than some roses. A spicy, fresh blend of grenache and cinsaut, which has altogether surprising length and tenacity. Oak? Maybe yes, maybe no. But if yes, it’s well worn.”
“Barossa Valley blend of grenache and cinsault from one of Australia’s premier producers. It’s light. It’s spicy. It’s insistent. This is not heavy in any way and yet it presses itself upon you. It’s hard to fathom how it does it. It tastes of super-fresh raspberry, earth and crushed spice and, simply, it just works.” 93 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Apr 2016
Grenache and Blends
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Australia, Barossa Valley