Spinifex Luxe Rose 2021
SPECIAL BUY 6 or more. Only made in best vintages. Savoury and textural in the style of great Provencial roses.
“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.
Schell’s Luxe Rosé first made an appearance in 2009 and since then, has only been produced in vintages Pete and Magali reckon have delivered outstanding rosé. Pete Schell explains, “Luxe is selected from only those parcels that have a particular aromatic and textural complexity. We are drawn to sections that display what we call secondary fruit–fresh and dried flowers, herbs, spice, minerality, white and green tea-like aromatics–rather than primary fruit, like fresh berry fruits etc.”
2021 delivered a mild and extended growing season well suited for fine rose of delicacy and great freshness.
A blend of 66% Barossa Mataro with 26% Cinsault, and 6% Vermentino, this release is the first Luxe since 2017. Like the Spinifex Rosé above, the fruit was harvested by hand and chilled overnight prior to crushing. Before fermentation, the musts were macerated for around six hours. The wine went through a partial malo before maturation in in old French oak puncheons and demi muids. The Vermentino was fermented separately as whole bunches “with the goal of retaining freshness yet developing texture and aromatic depth”.
With more grip, more texture, and more savoury depth than their regular rosé, Luxe is Spinifex’s self-confessed homage to the textural rosés of France’s coastal Mediterranean vineyards–Bandol in particular. It’s incredibly vivid and focused, displaying enticing aromas of blood orange, cassis, pepper and bay leaf. The palate is energetic and chewy, crammed with silken texture and crunchy brightness, rousing to a reverberating, savoury finish. Totally delicious. If Australian Rosé gets any more exciting than this, do drop us a line with the details!
92 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front “Lots going on here with silky, elegant feel all up. Delivers light sour cherry, pomegranate juice scents and flavours with some flinty, wet slate minerally character too. Great palate weight, deep enough yet fresh, glides along and then screws up into a quite pucker and light chew. Lovely stuff.”
RRP $37 Our Special Price $29.99 when you buy 6 or more.
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Australia, Barossa Valley