Current Vintage: 2019
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Semillon has been grown in the Barossa Valley since the 1850s, proof enough of its suitability to grow in the local soils and climate. Schell sources this component from three old Barossa vineyards of 60, 70 and 90 years old.
By comparison, Clairette is a relative newcomer to the valley, and according to Pete, "... shows great potential: the berries are tough, easily coping with the warm dusty winds of the Barossan summers, plus, being a late ripener it retains good acidity and holds its freshness." Finally, the Vermentino also brings freshness while simultaneously piling on texture. Expect a layered, waxy, wine with notes of mixed stone fruit, green fig, and subtle herbal brightness (think Chartreuse) that renders it very hard to stop drinking. As always, a phenomenal bargain.
Home to some of the oldest grapevines on planet Earth, the Barossa Valley is 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 Barossa Shiraz being sought out around the world. It is rich, muscular, and super sexy - Aussie 'ocker with distinctive finesse.
But the Barossa 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.
"This release is semillon, vermentino and clairette. Vermentino! There was a bit of vermentino in the blend last year, and a stand alone vermentino now exists in the broader Spinifex range. Times they are a changin'. What a steal this wine is, by the way. Few wines at this price deliver this complexity and interest. Lemon barley water scents, steely whiffs too, a touch of green herb and fennel character. Cool and refreshing in the palate, a little slick in texture and a touch of honeyed richness settles mid palate, but the wine is more about that semillon tang and raciness than anything. That being said, lots of detail here, and deliciousness." 93 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front