The Big Red Wine Book

 

It seems the Spinifex wines can do no wrong. Funny thing is that I took a while to be convinced of the Spinifex mastery ... but I'm well and truly on board now.

The Big Red Wine Book
May 20, 2009

by Campbell Mattinson
 
Red Blend of the Year 
 


2007 Spinifex Esprit

Last year’s release was super, and this just edges it out – for quality. The value is striking, too. As both a mouth-filling hit of flavour and a thrilling example of how complex a young red can be, it can’t be beaten. Some folks reckon that Australian wine lacks sophistication, but they clearly haven’t sat down to a glass of this. Brilliant wine.


 

Top 20 Italians, Spanish, Red Blends 
  


2007 Spinifex Taureau

 



Top 20 Shiraz 
  


2007 Spinifex Shiraz Viognier



Top Quote

“It seems that Spinifex wines can do no wrong. Funny thing is that I took a while to be convinced of the Spinifex mastery … but I’m well and truly on board now.” Campbell Mattinson, May 24th 2009




Spinifex Esprit

Spinifex is one of the Barossa Valley’s hottest producers, and yet the prices are still sane. This is a mob worth supporting 100 per cent. The Esprit is a blend of grenache, mourvedre and shiraz, and if you like this blend in any way then Spinifex’s Esprit is a must. It is true to the style and yet it has a style all of its own - if that makes sense - and it doesn’t get carried away with excessively high alcohol.



2006 RELEASE

In great form. Remarkably complex for a young wine. Tastes of earth and minerals, raspberry, violets and leather with toasty, cedary oak tucked well behind the frost flavours. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. 

DRINK 2009—2014.



2007 RELEASE

Another cracking release. We’re not even going to bother describing it — you just have to grab some. It’ll make you a better person. It’s sophisticated! It has structure and class and complexity, and it’s bright and savoury and ripe. Now, why are you still reading this? You should be on your way to the shop already.


DRINK 2009—2015.



Region Barossa Valley 

Alcohol 14.5 

Value 
 
Auction   

Score - 94 (2006) 95 (2007)




Spinifex Shiraz Viognier 2007

Heavenly wine. Exactly what top-notch shiraz viognier should be. Elegant and spicy but in the most positive of ways – and not as an excuse for thin weediness. Full fruit flavour of blackberries and kirsch, and lots and lots of juiciness – this is one tremendously vibrant wine. The folks at Spinifex are in the finest of forms…. If you’re really going to splash out, please consider this.


DRINK 2011—2018.



Region Barossa Valley 

Alcohol 14.5 

Value  

Auction  

Score - 95






Spinifex Taureau 2007



This is a blend of 55% tempranillo , 17% carignan, 14% cabernet sauvignon and 14% graciano. There’s a lovely mix of savouriness, sturdiness and sweetness there - potentially. What a beauty! This has complexity, sweetness, structure and straight-out appeal, its leathery, beefy, spicy flavours full of both impact and softness. As much as a wine can, it guarantees to please — both the casual red drinker and the aficionado. Beautiful.


DRINK 2009—2014.



Region Barossa Valley 

Alcohol 14.3

Value
Score - 93






Spinifex Papillon 2008

A blend of grenache (58 per cent), cinsault (18 per cent), mataro (i6 per cent) and shiraz (8 per cent). It’s Grenache dominant, so there’s a sense of light sweetness to it but, gee, it’s easy to be mighty impressed with this. It tastes of red dirt and raspberry, licorice and ink, and it has structure and flavour and deliciousness down pat. We love this kind of wine, so it’s pandering to us — but pander on, Papillon!


DRINK 2009—2013.



Region Barossa Valley 

Alcohol 13.8 

Value 

Score - 92