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The Wine Front – 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
About This Wine
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.
Barossa Valley Wine
The Barossa Valley wine region has historically and currently still is one of Australia's most prestigious premium wine producing regions. Located just 60km north east of Adelaide city centre, the climate there is very hot and dry which is perfect for the big bold reds the area is famous for.
A straight Shiraz is what Barossa is most well known for, however Rhone blends, such as Shiraz Cabernet are also very popular. While much less prevalent, white wines (Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon) are planted on the higher altitude hillsides where the ocean breeze cools temperatures down to a level suitable for producing these varieties as well.
Some of Australia's earliest Shiraz plantings can be found here dating as far back as the 1850's. While not always a guarantee of quality, it might be worth seeking out and trying one of the region's "old vine shiraz" if you haven't yet.