Spinifex are one of the unrecognised bright lights of the Barossa Valley. The wines here have all the silky fruit you adore in Australia alongside an atypically complex bouquet of wild herbs that alludes to the garrigue of the Langudeoc - unsurprising in some wines give Pete's and Magali's fmaily origins. Spinifex Wines owners and operators, Peter Schell and Magali Gely, have had a home in the Barossa Valley for over twenty years and hold a strong commitment to and passion for the Barossa. They also have a strong French connection, both physically and philosophically. Magali's family, who up until recently were vignerons with a long lineage in Lunel, near Montpellier, still live in south France, and over the last ten years Peter has worked six French vintages, in Provence, the Languedoc, Bordeaux and Burgundy.
Esprit 2014 is composed of Grenache (51%) Mataro (40%) and Shiraz (4%) from five exclusive old vine vineyards located Ebenezer, Moppa and Eden Valley. Vineyard ages range from between 65 and 160 years. Soils range from skeletal, thin sandy soils to heavy red clays, elevations from 260 to 420 m asl. Predominantly Grenache (91%) with Mataro (7% )and Cinsault (2%). Sourced from old vineyards on the northern, western and eastern edges of the Barossa Valley and from Moculta and Springton in Eden Valley. Vine ages range from 75 to over 150 years, all are dry grown. All vineyards are hand harvested, whole bunch inclusion averaged 45 % and macerations varied from between 8-18 days. Elevage was undertaken on light lees in seasoned demi-muid, foudres and stainless steel. Bottled without filtration.