2019 Spinifex Bete Noir Barossa Shiraz

94 Points Richard Caro
In stock
A value sweet spot for incredible Barossa Shiraz from a cult producer. Seen as the baby brother to the outstanding La Maline, this 'black beast' is likewise deep, dark, spicy and complex — it offers much of the great wine's power and dimension for a much lower price. Superb fruit wraps a spine of ripe, black tea-like tannins, with layer upon layer of nuance to enjoy and unfold. Seriously rich but harmonic food wine for the price, the Bete Noir is exceptional.
$44.99 in mixed 6+ or $49.99 per bottle

Grape

Shiraz

Its Origins

What The Critics Say

95/100 The Real Review, Huon Hooke (2018 vintage)

"Very deep purple colour, the bouquet plummy, spicy and gently floral. Loads of complexity and charm. It's full-bodied and fleshy, fruit-sweet and rich in the mouth, then a wave of subtly drying tannins rolls in. Great concentration, yet also softness and fleshy texture - the finish rolling on and on. A plush shiraz. 22 JUL 2020."

95/100 Halliday's Wine Companion, James Halliday (2016 vintage)

"100% shiraz, the vines with an average age of 70yo, hand-picked, wild yeast whole berry and whole bunch ferment in wooden fermenters for 7-20 days, matured in French oak (20% new) for 16 months. More full-bodied than most prior releases of this wine, black fruits on the prowl, guarded by business-like tannins." Drink by 2046

95/100 The Wine Front, Mike Bennie (2014 vintage)

"Sometimes I try and imagine what wines from the Barossa used to look like in ye olde days, as young wines, and it often comes to mind that the style might just be a little like this – unforced, but fully accepting of the sunshine, generosity and warmth of the region, a touch of savouriness, but freshness too. A style a step away from the steroidal misuse of some of Australia’s best vineyard assets. Vines here, across twelve vineyards, range in age from 60 to 120 years old. A portion of whole bunch is used in ferments and only 25% new oak for maturation. Indian ink stains of dark berry, ripe plum, tobacco, coal and sweet-savoury herbal character. It’s powerful in its perfume, assured in its passing through the mouth, generous, deep and sumptuous, but finds finesse through tannins that gently pucker. There’s an assuredness to the wine, concentration, yet a kind of finesse. It drinks superbly, richly, but freshly. Savouriness is the lingering message. A beauty. Rated: 95 Points Tasted: JUL17 Alcohol: 14.5% Price: $40."

Variety Shiraz / Syrah
Region Barossa
Closure Cap
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2021 - 2046

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with LAMB

Taste

4

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