Spinifex | Miette Grenache Mataro Shiraz
Current Vintage: 2016
Pete Schell's Miette wines represents sensational value while delivering a great introduction to the Spinifex approach to winemaking and sourcing. This year, Miette's Rhone-style blend takes in Grenache (56%) with Mataro (40% ) and Shiraz (2%). Each parcel is impeccably sourced from old, dry-grown vineyards on the northern, western and eastern edges of the Barossa Valley, with vine age ranging from 55 to over 150 years.
This 2016 bats waaaay above its price-point with deep aromatics of red plum, liqueur cherry and redcurrant, cheek-by-jowl with some savory bottle development. Juicy acidity and fine, persistent tannins perfectly hem the wine's generosity. Simply a great-value, classical Grenache-based blend from an outstanding small grower.
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.