Spinifex Moppa Shiraz
Current Vintage: 2018
This 3.5-acre vineyard is located in the Moppa sub-region of the Barossa, an elevated zone in the north-west, and has been a source of exceptional Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro for Spinifex since 2005. "The grower is a very reserved gentleman," says Pete Schell, "understated and modest. But of all the growers that we purchase fruit from, he's the one who takes the greatest pride in delivering a hand-picked bin of grapes in as perfect condition as possible." Although the exact age of the vineyard is unknown, it is thought to be at least 90 years old, managed organically for 40 of those. In 2015, when the right vintage presented itself, Schell released his first single-vineyard bottling. Fast-forward to this truly superb 2018 release, and you have a Shiraz that's firing on all cylinders.
There's an exciting mix of savoury red and dark fruits, spicy meatiness, great elegance and juicy succulence, as well as hints of ink, cedar and black tea. Wonderful complexity, freshness and drive. This brilliant example of Australian Shiraz offers the balance, complexity and class of a great Hermitage! As such, it's an undeniable bargain. Full of life, it is a joy to drink now but has the balance to age."
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.