Current Vintage: 2018
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This is a staggeringly beautiful wine and again, is in best-ever territory for La Maline. It's medium to full-bodied, fine and fluid and multi-layered. You can expect lifted aromatics of black tea, black cherry, coffee grounds and dark Rose. There's something wild, yet the wine remains very fine and detailed with super-fine tannins and a long, perfumed close. Another do-not-miss Spinifex red from 2018.
By design, La Maline has always been Spinifex's purest and most finely structured expression of Barossa Shiraz. Vine age, altitude, and poor, sandy soils inform both the quality and the style. The 2018 wine is cropped from meticulously tended, 25- to 120-year-old, dry-grown vines on high-altitude sites (320 to 495 metres), spread acroses the Eden Valley, Barossa Valley and the Barossa Ranges. Vinification is kept pretty simple: all fruit is hand-harvested and fermented with indigenous yeasts in open oak and steel fermenters for between 12 and 21 days before pressing.
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.
"Barossa Valley shiraz with a splash of Viognier. Super shiraz. Powerfully fruited but soft through the palate and, importantly, spread widely with tannin. A few sips and the word complete came to mind. Berries, earth, woodsmoke, peppercorns and toast. Viognier adds brightness and texture more than it does flavour, though it is (just) detectable. This feels like an outstanding wine at all points along the palate." 96 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front