Spinifex Winery

Peter Schell and Magali Gely have had a home in the Barossa Valley for over ten 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 west France, and  over the last ten years Peter has worked six French vintages, in Provence, the Languedoc, Bordeaux and Burgundy. Time spent in the south of France has fuelled their interest in making unique, hand crafted wines with personality, which are generous and honest expressions of the varieties and their provenance.
 
Grapes are sourced from a group of dedicated growers in both the Barossa and Eden Valleys, taking advantage of the great diversity of the soils and meso-climates of the Barossa to create wines with balance, character, depth of flavour and Barossan generosity.

If Spinifex is not one of the most exciting Australian producers to have cropped up in the last decade then we don’t know much about wine. In short, we rate them in the top few Australian producers and we’re obviously not the only ones. We also think that they are a historically significant producer as they are one of the few producing artisanal quantities of full bodied red wines that manage to retain genuine complexity, savouriness and sense of place. Sounds simple, and yet in an ocean of sweet, oaky South Australian reds, Spinifex have long been a beacon of hope.

WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:


"Winery of the Year" 2009 Penguin Australian Wine Guide 
 
“It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong.” Campbell Mattinson

“Wow what an impressive newcomer this is, owned by New Zealand-born Peter Schell and French-born wife Magali Gely. After graduation from Roseworthy they worked for four vintages in the south of France, and when they established Spinifex, it was only natural to focus on Mourvèdre, Grenache, Shiraz and Cinsault. Great wine and immaculate packaging is a heady mixture... So far as I am concerned Spinifex out-Torbrecks Torbreck.” James Halliday Wine Companion 2012
 
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Cigale Mourvedre 2009


92 Points James Halliday

Medium red-purple; a transparent and delicious first-up offer of fragrant red berries on the bouquet and juicy fruit, Cherry Ripe flavours on the light- to medium-bodied palate, ready and waiting whenever you decide to twist the cap. 92 Points James Halliday  

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Cigale Shiraz 2007

Intense and perfumed nose displays aromas of blackberries, red plums and liquored cherries with a fine overlay of spice and white pepper. Bright and focused; with flavours that range through intense red berry fruits, blueberry, black cherries and spice supported by subtle oak. A structured wine with abundant fruit with tannins that are ripe and finely textured.    

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Spinifex Aglianico 2015

"Spinifex's first venture with Aglianico is drawn from vines rooted in the quartz shot clay and granite of Caj Amadio's vineyard near Kersbrook in the northern Adelaide Hills, (300 metres above sea level). Aglianico is a late ripening variety - more so at this kind of altitude - and these were Spinifex's last vines to be harvested in 2012. With risk comes reward (some of the time! .....

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RRP: $ 35.00
Case Price: $ 28.70
Discount : 18% Off
Case Min. : 12
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Spinifex Bete Noir 2014

"Pete Schell's Bête Noir is 70% Shiraz from old vine, elevated and lighter textured soils in the Barossa hills blended with 30% Eden Valley Shiraz. The latter inclusion adds smoky black fruits, spice and balancing freshness to this year's version. It's a perfumed, captivating wine with last-man-standing confidence of a truly exciting vintage. The wine was raised in French oa .....

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RRP: $ 40.10
Case Price: $ 32.85
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Case Min. : 12
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Spinifex Esprit 2012


95 Point Decanter Magazine

"A benchmark wine to assess the quality of the Barossa vintage, this 2012 leads strongly with Grenache (78%) then Mataro (10%), Cinsault (6%), Shiraz (4%) and Carignan (2%). The nose has red fruits in abundance, attractive sweet musky notes and a fine spicy lift – striking freshness here. The palate is pared back to essence-like red fruit wrapped tight around a core of driving tannins .....

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Spinifex Indigene 2013

"I go to great lengths to give red wines of greatness every chance to reveal themselves: double decanting, an assessment on the spot, a retaste half a day later and again the following day. On opening, this mataro shiraz blend showcased polished black fruits within a rustic, brittle tannin exoskeleton of firm, mouth-filling, earthy mataro tannins. Half a day later, little had changed, and it .....

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RRP: $ 69.00
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Spinifex Indigene 2008


96 Points Wine Companion

"Much deeper colour than Esprit; a profound wine in every way, obviously made from older, lower-yielding vines; here black fruits and licorice take centre state, with a velvety texture and very long finish. Shiraz/Mataro/Grenache." 96 Points James Halliday  

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Spinifex La Colline 2011

"La Colline, The Hill, is a 100 per cent Adelaide Hills Shiraz and this is the first release. Pete has worked with bits and pieces of Adelaide Hills fruit over the years but this is Spinifex's first all-Hills bottling. And no surprises - it's a blinder; high-toned, Rhône-esqe floral and smoky-meat notes, supreme elegance in the mouth leads to a long, pure finish. La Colline is s .....

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Spinifex La Maline 2013

Improbably, takes the Bete Noir onto another level of depth, richness and complexity, although the flavours are in the same generic style family. It has harmony and supreme balance to its array of black fruits, black pepper and savoury backbone. Quite simple: cellar this for as long as you can, and drink the Bete Noir in the interim. 97 Points La Maline is the moniker (pre-2008) for the former &q .....

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Spinifex La Maline Shiraz Viognier 2008


94 Points Wine Companion

"Good purple-red, although not particularly vibrant; a very rich and complex wine, texture and structure excellent; the bouquet is aromatic and the full-bodied palate has abundant fruit, but this blend (Shiraz/Viognier) best delivers vibrancy in cool climates." 94 Points James Halliday  

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Spinifex Le Chemin 2009


94 Points Wine Front

Le Chemin - meaning The Way or The Path - is an amazing, individual, engaging blend of Grenache, Mataro, Shiraz, Carignan and Cinsault. It is sourced from six diverse, high-elevated plots in the Barossa foothills. In the 2009 vintage, all of these vineyards ripened at the same time and so their fruit was co-fermented in a single 25 hectolitre French oak 'foudre' resulting in this special .....

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Spinifex Lola 2015

Roll up for a fresh and textural wine experience. Pete Schell, celebrated for his avant-garde Barossa and Eden Valley red blends also makes small amounts of captivating, layered and savoury whites from the white Rhône varieties-Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier as well as less renowned cepages such as Ugni Blanc. Inspired by his time working in Provence, Pete has crafted a discreet and comple .....

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RRP: $ 27.30
Case Price: $ 21.60
Discount : 21% Off
Case Min. : 12
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Spinifex Miette Blanc 2014

Blended from  Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier  - 'Blanc' is a succulent, texture-driven blend that doesn't scrimp on flavour, personality or value. Aromas read something like a produce-driven menu: yellow plum, aloe, mint, flowers. Mouth-watering and chewy, the palate walks the tightrope between fleshy fruit and more savoury, herbal tones - not Fisherman's Friend style c .....

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RRP: $ 25.00
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Spinifex Miette Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2013

The fruit for this wine is 100% Barossa, handpicked from old, dry-grown sites. The Mataro component of the blend was sourced from two valley floor vineyards, one 90 year old bush vine vineyard in the Koonunga Hill sub-region of the Barossa Valley, the other a younger vineyard in the extreme south of the valley. The three old vine Grenache vineyards (30, 50 and 90 years old) are situated in the Nor .....

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RRP: $ 24.00
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Spinifex Miette Mataro 2012

Dark ripe blackberries, mulberries, black pepper and nutmeg dominate upon opening, before the depths begin to reveal themselves with smoked meaty undertones, exotic spices and dried orange peel. It has a commanding palate with plenty of power, yet no one manages to tame the Barossa monter like Pete, allowing the juiciness to couple with the grainy tannins. Another damn fine example from one who is .....

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Spinifex Miette Shiraz 2014

Miette Shiraz is made with the off-cuts and 'offaly' bits of Barossa Shiraz that don't make it into the Spinifex bottlings. There is, however nothing second-rate about this juicy number. After all, as gastronomes will attest, those less fancied bits - I'm thinking pork belly, oxtail, beef neck etc - can be super tasty and offer ridiculous value for money vis-à-vis the marque .....

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RRP: $ 25.50
Case Price: $ 21.50
Discount : 16% Off
Case Min. : 12
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Spinifex Old Vine Grenache 2012


94 Points Wine Front

"Vibrant pop of fruit from the glass - dried herb and just ripe berry scents, some sweeter musk and a whiff of pot pourri dried flowers. Pretty darn attractive. Cool flow of fruit across the palate, quietly sweet, red fruit personality, fine sandy tannins, very trim, taut presence in the mouth. Good length of flavour here, very sleek but with some pliancy that gives the wine freshness and bou .....

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Spinifex Papillon 2015

Papillon is bottled towards the end of the year of vintage. Made from old vine Grenache and Cinsualt, the aim is to create a wine that is all about freshness, fruit and spice, a wine that is bright and alive. Winemaker Pete Schell's tasting notes: Bright and ruby hued. Very aromatic and lively, red cherry, raspberry, cassis and rose hip fruit aromatics and deeper spice and herbal notes - tarra .....

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RRP: $ 30.10
Case Price: $ 23.80
Discount : 21% Off
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Spinifex Rose 2015

The blend this year is 62 per cent Grenache, 24 per cent Mataró, 8 per cent Cinsault, 3 per cent Ugni Blanc and 3 per cent Vermentino. The wine's vintner, Pete Schell, likens the style of the '13 as closer to the rosé wines of the Mediterranean coast and Côte d'Azur rather than inland Provence. So, like Bandol, then? So far, so good. In response to the powerful natu .....

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RRP: $ 29.00
Case Price: $ 22.00
Discount : 24% Off
Case Min. : 12
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Spinifex Single Vineyard Shiraz 2012


94 Points Wine Front

"There is a floral flourish as the fruit flows onto the palate. Think violets and purple-flowers and you are on the right track. Fruit flavours of juicy plum, blackberry and mulberry abound, ably supported by a raft of exotic spice, berry compote, creme de cassis, oyster sauce and finely judged spicy oak. It is medium-bodied on the palate with a consistent flow across its length. Bright in ac .....

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