Spinifex Rose 2020

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The Wine

Is this Australia's finest rosé? In spite of the relentless proliferation of rosé on the market, Peter Schell's wine--now into its second decade of production--keeps coming up roses. Reflecting an exceptionally low yielding vintage--Schell's dry grown vineyards offering just 15-20% of average--the composition of the '20 rosé weighs in with Mataro (59%) Grenache (35%), and Cinsault (6%). The dominance of Mataro this year reflects both the quality and this variety's late-flowering nature (which avoided the dramatic weather at flowering that hampered the other varieties). The vines are all dry-grown on Barossa vineyards, "mainly bush vines, all hand-picked--old school," chuckles Pete. The average age of vines is 65 years old although the oldest parcels range up to 120 years.

The Review

"The two maestros of Barossa Rosato are Mark Bulman and Pete Schell. Maybe they should make one together one year? Imagine! This is Mataro, Grenache and Cinsault.

Blush colour. Soft and powdery with a redcurrant and tangerine sort of flavour, plus a slight earthiness, spice and floral things. It’s glossy and fine at once, just the right amount of flavour, and a gentle herb laced finish of fine length and grip. Delightful."

94Pts, Gary Walsh, Winefront