Spinifex Esprit has established a reputation of as consistently delivering a delicious Barossa red blend of the region's popular varietals. The 2020 Spinifex Esprit is made from 74% Grenache, 21% Cinsault and Mataro 5%, the Cinsault contributing to the pretty red-fruited perfumes and the crisp, mouthwatering tannins.
This 2020 Spinifex Esprit is another delicious release offering up lifted aromatics of red currants, sour cherry, pomegranate and hints of freshly roasted coffee. Medium to full-bodied, the fresh dry palate has incredible layers of intense red fruit, dried herbs and spice, ensuring a wine that offers plenty of drinking pleasure now and long into the future.
"94 Points. Mataro, grenache, cinsault. Feel the esprit. Lotus Esprit one of my favourite cars of all. Seriously good red. Dark fruit but medium weight, ripples with suede tannins, tightens and coils in on itself with spirals or woody spice and fragrant, leafy herbs. Tension and torsion, a brooding red of serious architecture and yet high drinkability. An Italianate feel too. Bloody unreal.Tasted: Sep-21 14.5% alc. $35. Screwcap. Drink: 2021 - 2028"- MIke Bennie, The Wine Front.
Spinifex is the project of New Zealand-born Peter Schell, a Roseworthy graduate who had spent several vintages working in the south of France prior to establishing Spinifex. Spinifex's focus is on producing regional wines from Mediterranean varieties - predominately reds, mainly Mataro, Grenache, Shiraz and Cinsault.
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 reflect their preferences and experiences with wine.
Winemaking is simple and relatively non-interventional in approach. They are big believers in the primacy of the vineyard. Good sites with restricted yields and old vines picked at optimal maturity almost always deliver intense, textured wines of character. Current standouts in the range include their Indigene, Esprit, Bete Noir, La Maline, and Papillon, while great value is to be found under their Miette Range.
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