Spinifex Esprit 2014
Fourteen fruit parcels were sourced from nine vineyards (averaging 70 years of age), mainly growing in the sandy and gravel shot clay soils of the Eastern Foothills, Moppa and Ebenezer sub regions. All vineyards are owned and farmed by old Barossa families who have a deep pride and connection with their land and the Valley. Each vineyard is hand harvested at the optimal maturity to contribute its best character and point of balance to the blend. Around 40% of bunches are retained within ferments, with the balance only being destemmed, which are under taken in small open stainless steel and old oak open fermenters with indigenous yeasts. Macerations vary between parcels and range from 6 to 21 days. Young wines are left on lees in a selection of seasoned oak vessels, ranging in size from between 500 litre and 3100 litre, and a portion kept in stainless steel, for 16-18 months prior to assemblage. Esprit is unfined and unfiltered.
|Varietal(s)||Grenache Mataro Cinsault|
James Halliday – 63/21/16% grenache, mataro and cinsaut. The colour is distinctly deeper than the Papillon, which is as it should be. This brings the Barossa Valley into close contact with high quality Rhone Valley wines, its intensity and vibrancy wonderful to see and flow in a mouthfilling stream of red fruits, both fresh and poached, with a garland of spice and dusty tannins providing a savoury finish.
In a mixed or straight case: $28.49