Current Vintage: 2019
Pete Schell's a master at these 'alternative' varieties. This Tempranillo comes from a single vineyard in the southern Barossa foothills, just down the road from the famed Steingarten vineyard. It's a small site, immediately next to a small bush vine Mataro parcel that Spinifex has been using in their ros for the last six years or so. Throughout this time, Schell has been sneaking across and tasting the Tempranillo fruit whenever he's been checking on the Mataro and eventually he felt compelled to approach the growers.
The vineyard is elevated, just over a thousand feet above sea level, and the soil is terra rossa; red clay over limestone. So a really interesting site. It's a surprisingly deep and inky expression loaded with juicy cherry and sarsaparilla fruit that becomes more and more vibrant with air, sticky tannins and a nutmeg spice to close.
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.