Spinifex Bête Noir
Current Vintage: 2018
A Bête Noir is the bane of one's existence, here referring to the multitude of small parcels that go into this blend. Pete Schell's 2018 Bête is a blend of 70% old-vine Barossa Shiraz and 30% Eden Valley Shiraz sourced from vines located across a variety of Barossa's sub-regions, with the eastern foothills, Moppa, Moculta, and the Eden Valley all contributing. Vineyard age ranges between 25 and 120 years, with "60 years being a fair average across the blend," according to Schell.
All fruit is hand-harvested. The proportion of whole clusters varied from "everything to nothing" depending on the vineyard, with roughly 35% in the final blended cuve. Vinified with indigenous yeast fermentation, levage on lees in new (25%) and seasoned French oak barrels ranging in capacity from 225-litre to 2,500-litre for 20 months prior to bottling without filtration."
Affectionately known as the ‘Garden of Grapes and Gums,’ the Eden Valley was first planted with grapevines by German Families who farmed a variety of produce in the local area. There are now multi-generation families that continue to produce amazing wine in the area.
At just over an hour's drive North East of the Adelaide CBD, the region borders the world famous Barossa Valley and is a well known cool climate wine growing region. Shiraz, Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon dominate the region’s output.