Current Vintage: 2014
Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.
2014 sees the first bottling of Pete Schell's La Solana-a non-vintage, barrel matured white blend maintained in a modified solera system. Started in 2005 and comprised in most years of small portions of white wine parcels that are also components of Spinifex's Lola in that given vintage, the grapes are retained and matured sur lie in old barriques. The barrels are stored outside in the elements and hence the name Solana, meaning "under the sun". The composition of La Solana mirrors that of Lola over the years, being based on Barossa and Eden Valley Ugni blanc, Semillon, Vermentino, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.
This idiosyncratic wine's complex and evolving aromatics include dried pear, preserved lemon, persimmon, almond meal, Brazil nut, nutmeg and faint brassy notes. It's concentrated and persistent on the palate - the mark of extended barrel maturation - with grapefruit, lemon, loquat, and marzipan flavours and a glossy up front feel, drawn to a drying nutty finish by a building presence of stony fruit acids.
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 distinct 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.
"There's so much to work out, so easy to fall back on default styles, as soon as you can rid yourself of some expectations, you can expand some horizons"; Schell at his most astute. Has spicy, nutty, floral, briny scents - somewhere between fino, manzanilla and vin jaune. Such fresh, breezy perfume. Beautiful. More detail to taste, light oily texture, definitively savoury and nutty, long and saline through the finish. It's utterly delicious. What an exciting thing to drink from the Barossa Valley." 94 points, Mike Bennie, winefront.com.au