Tasting Notes :
Then 2019 Spinifex Rosé was blended from 11 Barossa Valley vineyards, the youngest 20 years of age, the eldest well over 100. All were hand harvested and the whole bunches cooled over-night prior to crushing.
Maceration times were shorter than typical given the very low yields and small berries over the vintage. – Around 12-20 hours.
The musts were allowed to settle prior to racking to their fermentation vessels, mainly stainless steel, with a small proportion going to very old French oak puncheons (500L) and demi-muids (600). Fermentations were carried out by indigenous yeasts and the young wines allowed to rest on yeast lees prior to racking and blending some 6 months after the harvest.
A small portion underwent mall-lactic fermentation.
The varietal composition of the 2019 is a little different to our previous bottling (most notably with Mataro being dominant – by a whisker – and Carignan being included) and was a response to the extraordinary conditions of 2019.
Winter and spring rains were well below average and rainfall during the growing season non-existent, and the season delivered us very reduced yields of small berried, concentrated fruit that matured quickly through the warm, sunny season.
We are very pleased with the result. Much more in the vein of Bandol than Cotes de Provence or Coteaux Varois.