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, brit...



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Varietal
Mataro
Brand Name
Spinifex
Style
Red Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
AUSTRALIA
Region
Barossa Valley, SA

Product Description

"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 was not until the next day that its true personality finally began to unravel: deep, alluring and well-defined black cherry and sweet black plum and blackberry fruits, nuanced with cola, liquorice and high cocoa dark chocolate."
95 Points Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly, www.winepress.com.au


Having been part of Spinifex line up since the project's inception, Indigene is the stalwart of this trio. As always, it is based on the Barossa's wonderful resource of old-vine Mataro (aka Mourvèdre) sourced from tiny pockets of vines on the region's eastern fringes. Aromatically seductive with spice-dusted cherry and raspberry fruit, it is a textural, seamless and very long wine. 2010 has a strikingly deep array of flavours on the palate: black cherry, blackberry, roasted meat and liquorice, plus again that floral edge. The mouth feel is velvet smooth yet not the least bit sweet - the powdery, super fine tannins keeping everything fresh and morish. The Mataro comes from a trio of sites including old vines rooted in the sandy clays of Kalima as well as Tabor, east of Tanunda, while the Shiraz component (40%) is a selection of the oldest vines - and henceforth the lowest yielding material - that Pete has access to. Each variety is treated separately; the Mataro raised in large format oak to preserve its subtle aromatics while the Shiraz sees some barrique and a single 600 litre demi muid. This is Barossa at its most stimulating, well-structured and age-worthy.


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