Spinifex | Miette Vermentino
Current Vintage: 2018
This is just the second release of Miette's Vermentino, and again it's sourced from a one-acre vineyard rooted on hard, ironstone-rich soil, in one of the highest parts of Koonunga Hill (in the north of the Barossa Valley). An innately rugged and hardy cultivar, Vermentino ripens relatively slowly, retaining acidity, allowing it to be harvested ripe with both texture and natural freshness.
This offers a lovely play between the ripe citrus, honeysuckle, and cut grass notes of the varietal with some pulpy flesh and body from both the ripeness and the skin contact. A very clever, delicious wine and an outstanding value from one of the unsung gurus of Australian winemaking.
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.