Current Vintage: 2018
This has always been Pete Schell's ode to old-vine Barossa but with his own twist. 2018 is certainly one of his very greatest releases of the Indigene-fans of previous vintages should not miss it! You can expect a juicy, vibrant and racy-fresh wine (a theme of 2018) with plenty of deep, dark cherry and ripe blackberry fruit, loads of mixed spice and perfectly integrated spicy oak. There's also some subtle whole-bunch freshness and fine, powdery tannins.
Indigene is based on the Barossa's wonderful resource of old-vine Shiraz and Mataro (aka Mourvdre). This year's blend was sourced exclusively from some of Spinifex's oldest, dry-grown Shiraz (63%) and Mataro (37%) vineyards located in Ebenezer, Moppa and High Eden. The fruit was hand-harvested, cooled overnight and naturally fermented with 30% whole bunches. Fermentation took place in small steel and wood fermenters for between 10 and 20 days.
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.