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Spinifex Rostein Riesling

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Current Vintage: 2018

Vinolok closure. Spinifex's Rostein vineyard is home to two parcels of ancient Riesling, one planted in 1945 and the other in 1956. These parcels produce minuscule yields for Riesling--a paltry 0.8-tonnes per acre is the norm--resulting in wines of atypical concentration and power. 2015 was the first Spinifex harvest from Rostein, yet the wines have been previously been released (discreetly) as single-vineyard Eden Valley.

This is the inaugural release under the Estate label as it's the first wine to reach the heights for which Pete Schell was aiming. It comes predominantly from the oldest vines (from 1945, surely some of Australia's oldest Riesling vines!) and was hand-picked in three passes over a week. The wine was then fermented naturally and aged on lees for 11 months in 1,000-litre neutral oak and, was even allowed to go through partial malo. It was then bottled unfiltered after 16 months. In other words: this is anything but your garden variety SA Riesling!

The result is, as you might expect from all these details, both unique and of remarkable quality. It's wonderfully textured, yet dry.

Region

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.

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