Spinifex Moppa Grenache
Current Vintage: 2018
This has class and restraint written all over it. The aromatics are pure and intense, with ripe raspberry, redcurrant and rose petal, as well as white pepper and musk notes shining through on the nose and in the mouth. It's juicy, fresh and vibrant with a long aromatic close and fine sandy tannins driving the finish. To be frank, this has the kind of finesse and drinkability that's rarely delivered by the Barossa-and certainly not from Chteauneuf these days. Another amazing bargain.
Cropped from the same vineyard as the Moppa Shiraz. Schell has been making Grenache from this vineyard since 2005, but this is the first year a pure Grenache has been made from this site-so this tells you something about the quality in 2018. Similarly to the Shiraz, this was hand-harvested and wild-fermented (with 40% whole bunches) in open fermenters.
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.