Spinifex Indigene 2021


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Region: Barossa Valley
Grapes: Shiraz, Mataro
First Glance: Lifted, Deep, Plump
Acclaim: 93+pts

The Wine: 
Indigene is based on Barossa’s wonderful resource of old-vine Shiraz and Mataro (aka Mourvèdre). This year’s blend was sourced exclusively from some of Spinifex’s oldest, dry-grown Shiraz (52%) and Mataro (48%) vineyards located in Ebenezer, Moppa and an elevated site in Eastern Barossa. The fruit was hand-harvested, cooled overnight and destemmed before naturally fermenting. For the Shiraz component, 30% whole bunches were retained. Natural fermentation took place in small steel and wood fermenters for between 10 and 24 days, then the wine was pressed into a selection of puncheons and demi-muids (40% new) for 20 months prior to bottling—unfined and without filtration.
This has always been Pete Schell’s ode to old-vine Barossa but with his own twist. It’s immediately appealing, with deep and captivating aromas of dark fruits, plenty of florals and spice. The complex palate is richly flavoured and textured. Tight tannins and driving fresh berry acidity complement the potency, fleshy/plump weight and noteworthy length. That said, it is still a pup, with plenty of excitement to come. 2021 is a brilliant rendition of Indigene that fans should not miss.

The Review: 
93+pts, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
“Rich, full-blooded red wine served on rails of velvet. This is a seriously creamy wine, its saturated plum and blueberry flavours gliding through the palate before finishing with a juicy flourish. There’s fine-grained tannin and quite high acidity, but the fruit and oak characters here flush straight through both. Mint and clove notes are also part of the show, as is smoked cedar. It’s still finding its feet but the stuffing here is excellent.”