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2015 Spinifex La Maline Shiraz

2015 Spinifex La Maline Shiraz

97 Points James Halliday
2015 Spinifex La Maline Shiraz
97 Points James Halliday

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A magic Barossa Shiraz with a huge complex presence -- "nothing short of electrifying" in Halliday's words. Artisans Spinifex focus on the finesse and European styling, and such restraint is needed -- at this extreme level of sheer fruit quality and concentration -- for a smooth delivery of such sheer intensity. A feeling of receding depth rather than overt scale is expressed in mouth-filling, smoldering, unfolding dark fruit and savoury dimension. A towering wine from a legend of New Barossa, the La Maline is a deeply impressive food wine to decant soon or cellar.

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$64.99 in mixed 6+ or $72.99 per bottle

Overview

Grape

Shiraz

Its Origins

Spinifex is one of the undercover jewels of the Barossa Valley. New Zealand husband and wife team Peter Schell & Magali Gely have extensive experience in southern France, which proves the inspiration for their unique wines made from predominantly Rhone varietals. Spinifex was on the front line of the new wave of Barossa producers. Peter’s wines brought a new sensibility to the region, they were lower in alcohol, concentrated but elegant, and balanced to perfection. He takes the art of blending into the realm of the virtuoso. There are few wineries who deliver refinement and poise from the Barossa Valley like Spinifex. The focus at Spinifex is the red varieties that dominate in the south of France: mataro (more correctly mourvedre), grenache, shiraz and cinsaut. The wines are made in open fermenters, basket-pressed, with partial wild (indigenous) fermentation and relatively long post-ferment maceration.

What The Critics Say

97/100 Halliday's Wine Companion, James Halliday

"This is nothing short of electrifying. It's as if a ball of energy has been created with a core of tiptop dark fruit laced with pepper, menthol, star anise and patchouli. There are high tones to the floral notes, creaminess on the full-bodied palate, velvety tannins and integrated cedary oak. It has power, design and structure yet purity, too, and extraordinary length. It takes complexity to a new level." Drink by 2045

97/100 The Wine Front, Mike Bennie

"In the past the wine has come from higher Barossa vineyards (and Eden Valley) with a ‘couple of buckets of white grapes tossed in’ (and indeed, there is a 1% addition of roussanne in this 2015 wine). It’s often felt like this is a little more old school Barossa shiraz, from Spinifex, but of course the veil of the lighter, defter touch from Pete Schell et al is still here. Gorgeous wine from 2015. Purrs through the palate. Indeed, a kitten’s tongue lick of tannin is the motif through the palate, as is dark berry fruit, a touch of fennel-bay leaf and a comely wrap of espresso character. Lovely perfume of cuddly, black currant, dark plum, liquorice and cola with the faintest of clovey oak. All up, just delicious. But there’s also a finesse in its deep, long expression of Barossa shiraz."

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Shiraz / Syrah

  • Colour

    Red

  • Region

    Barossa

  • Closure

    Cap

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Maturity

    2017 - 2045

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with LAMB

Taste

5

Delivery & Returns

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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