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Spinifex Dominion Grenache

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Current Vintage:  2019


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Pete and Magali purchased the extraordinary Dominion vineyard towards the end of 2018. This ancient plot sits on the northern cusp of Vine Vale, forming part of Grenache's golden triangle in the Barosesa: a contiguous group of ancient Grenache vineyards including Cirillo and Yalumba's Tri-Centenary. At 110 years of age, Spinifex's 1.2 hectares may be youthful by comparison (Cirillo's vines are a staggering 170 years old), but we're still talking about some of the oldest Grenache vines on planet Earth! The topsoils run 50 to 80 cm and are made up of fine, silty sand over a friable, red-coloured clay. Translation: this is great, old school Barosesa soil. There's also 0.8 hectares of 1918 Shiraz on site and two hectares of younger vine Shiraz, plus some previously unplanted land where Pete is establishing blocks of Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc and Cinsault.

The inaugural release from this venerable site is also Spinifex's first bona fide 'Estate' red. It coincided with a dry and low-yielding vintage, delivering only 10 hl/ha of tiny, concentrated berries. The winemaking is straight out of the Spinifex playbook: hand harvesting, partial de-stemming (40% whole clusters), no crushing and fermentation with indigenous yeast. The fruit spent 15 days on skins and was aged on light lees in a single 1250-litre seasoned French oak cask. After sixteen months it was bottled without filtration. The wine is nicely summed up by Mr Stock below. Terrific value on offer here!

Region

Home to some of the oldest grapevines on planet Earth, theBarosesa Valleyis perhaps Australia's most renowned wine region. In 1842, German settlers planted vines and the rest is history!

On the red wine front, it's all about the big reds like Cabernet and Shiraz here - with full bodied Barosesa Shiraz being sought out around the world. It is rich, muscular, and super sexy - Aussie 'ocker with distinctive finesse.

But the Barosesa isn't a one trick pony. In a salute to the region's rich German heritage, the Eden Valley (which falls within the broader region) produces some of Australia's finest rieslings - crisp, fresh, but still balanced.


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