Spinifex Wines

+61 8 8562 1914 ~~ +61 408 881 852 Peter Schell & Magali Gely PO Box 511
Nuriootpa, 5355
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"...We started Spinifex in 2001 with the opportunity to source some great old vine Mataro growing in deep white drift-sand on the Barossa Valleys’ Western Ridge. Our focus is on making regional wines from the traditional Mediterranean grape varieties that have been grown successfully in Australia for over 150 years - Shiraz, Mataro, Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, Ugni Blanc, Grenache Gris, Marsanne and Semillon. We aim to make wines that display signatures of vineyard provenance and vintage, show regional typicity and have a consistent thread of 'house style' that reflects our preferences and experiences with wine. The wines we choose to make are predominately blends, the synergies derived from blending wines of differing character enhance the subtle complexities, even textures and profound personalities delivered from great old vine vineyards..." – Description from JelaDragoljevic

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  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Mourvèdre

    History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Esprit

  • Ugni Blanc

    Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

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  •  27th July 2013, Ormond Hall, St Kilda RdIt is well-evident that there is no shortage of Rhone-inspired wines in Australia. We certainly have vineyards which bask in similar weather conditions as the Rhone Valley. One could argue that a key missing element would be the round river rocks atop the clay soils which retain heat to intensify the summ... Read More

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  • Spinifex Red Rhone Blend Barossa Valley Indigène 2008


    Dark and brooding, this northern Rhone-style wine is redolent of plums, dusty baskets of sweet cherries and desert herbs (sage, perhaps). Mouthfeel is slightly warm with black pepper, cola and plum on the palate. This is a very "neat" expression of Oz with a salute to the elegance and balance of the mid-Rhone. A truly splendid wine which is p... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Ok, I'll admit it, I'm kind of a bone head when it comes to wine.  I buy some nice bottles thinking I'll enjoy them for special occasions and then they never really arrive!  Sure, there are some rare occasions, like a few years ago when I gave away a bottle of '93 Moet White Star to my best friend from High School when he was accepted to the Chi... Read More

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  • Everywhere I turn, I see people talking about 2010 in the Rhone (both north and south).  Lately, I've been on a mission to taste a lot of these wines and so far I've found some good, some bad and some that really would be better poured over pancakes.  In some cases, I've agreed with some of the wines being pushed by the "wine critic illuminati".... Read More

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  • Spinifex Red Rhone Blend Barossa Valley Esprit 2006


    Nice blend from Barossa Valley in Australia. nice mid pallette, however lack luster in the finish. nice notes of earth and dry fruits. Read More

    Wine review by jbriseno

  • Spinifex Red Rhone Blend Barossa Valley Esprit 2008


    Speaking effusively in the tongues of la bouche du Rhône, this complex, exceedingly well-made Barossa is a treat to eyes, nose and mouth; if only all Oz wines could have this complexity without surrendering the power, fruit and heat we've all come to love. Brooding and dark, with a bouquet of cream and cassis, the entry is equally hedonistic wi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • I've just read an article on this, asking the question ' Is this Spain's Greatest wine?''.There are far wiser people out there to comment and the closest i'll ever get is to read about it.As the article states no wine in the world is worth a price tag of £250+ a bottle or is it?Love to know your comments and has anyone tried it.http://catavino.... Read More

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  • Spinifex Grenache Barossa Valley 2004


    Very pretty nose of strawberry, orange peel, cotton candy and light whiff of latex (when hasn't the scent of latex meant a good time). Tastes of strawberry glaze with a hint of dried apricots and such a long finish I had to time it (45sec). This is almost a dessert wine, but really nice on the nose and palate. Definitely a mid-90s effort and I g... Read More

    Wine review by Bill Howard


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