Matthew Jukes

The 2011 vinatge of Papillion is an outstanding wine

The Wine Front
March 2013

Spinifex Papillion Grenache / Cinsault 2011

The 2011 vintage of Papillon is an outstanding wine. Where some threw their hands in the air in despair at the incorrigible 2011 vintage Peter Schell and Magali Gely made the most of it and this wine shows that they have succeeded in style.

This wine has one of the most attractive aromas in my 100 Best. Tobacco, violets, peppercorns, bouquet garni and parched bark all overlaying cool, red berry drenched Grenache and Cinsault. You can drink it now, you can chill it with Indian food, you could keep it if you wish for five years, too - there are no rules. One thing is certain – this is a wine with a clear identity and direct message and it will not fail to enchant you and your friends.

If you are looking for the alter ego to the 13.5% demure Papillon then look no further than the dark, swarthy, cut-throat Syrah, 2010 Bête Noir. Here Peter and Magali have loaded power and malevolence into the glass and after Papillon has wooed you and put you at your ease, this marauder will frighten you back into the real world.


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