"The compelling complexity of the wine starts in the old vines, magnified by the whole bunch (40%) and whole berry (60%) fermentation: layer upon layer of blackberry essence accompanied by licorice, spices of all kinds and velvety tannins. Exceptional value. Drink to 2044" 97 points, James Halliday, Winecompanion.com.au
A wine made in the vineyard, Winemaker Peter Schell sources the fruit for this wine from "...generally higher, cooler sites, where earlier harvesting gives wines with bright fruit expression and a textural freshness". The wine--naturally fermented with around 40% whole clusters in a mix of stainless steel, wood and concrete--also sees a shorter maturation than the Esprit and Bête Noir, et al--around eight months on lees prior to bottling without filtration.
The 2019 was cropped from five high, exposed parcels in the Barossa and Eden Valleys, where the soils are for the most part light, with varying degrees of gravel and silt and sand. Vine age varies from 20 to 80 years old (averaging around 40 years), and all fruit is hand-harvested. This is an outstanding release from Spinifex, with beautifully sculpted and racy fruit, along with a lifted rosehip notes and some inky depths on the driven finish. Gets more and more perfumed and lively with air.