Bete Noir


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2018 Tasting Notes

2018 Bete Noir is a blend a selected Shiraz wines made from six vineyards growing in sub regions located around the periphery of the Barossa , Moppa, Moculta, Eden Valley, High Eden, Bethany and the Eastern Foothills.  the extreme north west corner of the Barossa Valley is a small, old vineyard. Vineyard ages range from between 25  and 125 years –  65 years being a fair average across the blend.

All fruit was hand harvested. The proportion of whole clusters retained in the fermementations  varied from between 15% and 45%, equating to about 35 % in the final blend.  Vinified with indigenous yeasts, macerations ranged from between 10 and 30 days prior to pressing and elevage on light lees in French oak barrels, 20% new, in a range of sizes from 225 through to 2500 L.   Bottled  20 months after harvest.    Unfixed and unfiltered. Vegan friendly.

Deep, dark ruby

A perfumed, dark fruited and multi-layered Barossa Valley Shiraz.    Deep, complex aromas of dark plum, ripe mullberry and confit cherry are overlain with a fine veneer of dried herb, brown cardamom, carbide and fresh leather.

Bright, very deep garnet, black core.

Youthful, full bodied palate, richly tannic, velvety and long.   Strong dried black currant and dark cherry flavours on attack are framed with discreet notes wood ash, clove and warm loamy notes.   Soft, ripe fruit acids are present but the wine is driven by rich, weighty, mature fruit tannins that deliver texture and freshness.

2015 Tasting Notes

Barossa Valley

The 2015 Bête is a blend from seven vineyards located across a variety of Barossa’s sub regions, with the Eastern foothills, Moppa, Moculta, and the Eden Valley all contributing. Vineyard age ranges between 25 and 120 years, with 60 years being a fair average across the blend.

2015 gifts a Bête Noir of lovely purity of fruit and freshness. It’s refined, medium-bodied, detailed and aromatic, with a spectrum of both “noir” and red fruits, with an undercurrent of aromatic spice and herb elements. The palate is carried by a strong, yet supple, core of fleshy, plummy fruit, bitter chocolatey-like tannins and refreshing ripe acidity.

All fruit was hand harvested. The proportion of whole clusters varied from “everything to nothing” depending on the vineyard, with roughly 35% in the final blended cuvée. Vinified with indigenous yeast fermentation, élevage on lees in new (25%) and seasoned French oak barrels ranging in capacity from 225 litre to 2,500 litre for 20 months prior to bottling without filtration.

2013 Tasting Notes

Purple hued magenta

The 2013 Bete Noir displays dark, deeper aromatics of coffee bean, sage, iodine, and brazil nut are framed by higher-toned notes of fresh rosemary, blackberry and ripe raspberry. Multi -layered and savory.

Potent herb infused fruit on attack. Spiced red plum, cherry and sage flavors with a saline edge are carried on mid-weight frame of strong black tea-like tannin. Barossa Shiraz with even temper – displays fleshy, dark and generous fruit measured by ripe acids and drying tannin.

2012 Tasting Notes

Purple hued magenta, almost black to the core

The 2012 Bete Noir displays dark, deeper aromatics of cassis, black berry, suede, dried porcini and petrocorp are framed by higher toned pepper, ground woody spice and lifted red fruit florals. Multi-layered, varietally definitive.

Potent and focused herb infused fruit on attack. Blue berry, spiced red plum and cherry flavours are carried on lightly sappy, sanguine tannins that drive a largely unresolved palate to a dark, bituminous finish.

2010 Tasting Notes

Sourced from higher altitude vineyards in the Barossa and Eden Valleys ranging from 15 to 105 years of age. As with all Spinifex wines, fruit was hand harvested and naturally fermented as de-stemmed berries and whole bunch clusters for between 8 and 21 days prior to maturation in a range of new (approximately 20%) and seasoned oak barrels and vats of sizes varying from 225L to 3000L.

Bright, dark ruby hued. A dark, savory and restrained expression of Barossa Shiraz. Aromatically dark and complex – spicy blueberry, blackberry, sour plum and sweet earthy beetroot fruit is meshed with indian ink, leather, cedar, wood char and roasted nut notes. Higher toned whole bunch derived notes reminiscent of cardamom and violets.

At this stage in its development and on first opening reserved on the palate – dense, masculine, with lively blue fruit, fresh and bright fruit acids. Pure and focused fruit on a mid-weight frame – has intensity and power without being rich or heavy.

5 reviews for Bete Noir

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    2014 Spinifex Bete Noir

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion 2018 Edition

    Shiraz is mentioned in small handwriting on the back label, the use of phrase left to the imagination, but surely nothing to do with this wine with its spicy, savoury, essency, juicy dark fruit flavours that ask you back again and again as you taste it.

    Rating: 95
    Drink By: 2034
    Alcohol: 13.5%

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    Spinifex Barossa Bete Noir

    James Suckling Tasting Report: New Barossa Shows Great Diversity, February 4th 2015

    Peter Schell, a New Zealander transplanted to the Barossa is one of the stars of the region, producing composed, elegant wines from vineyards across the region. Medium red/purple in the glass with vibrant blackberry fruit aromas suggesting also a ferrous edge. Hints of spices, dark chocolate and purple flowers carry over onto the palate with its curtain of fine, gravely tannins and a bright line of acidity providing ample propulsion on the lengthy, spicy finish. Drink in 2018.

    Country: Australia
    Region: South Australia
    Vintage: 2012
    Score: 93

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    2012 Spinifex Bete Noir

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion 2015 Edition

    Perfect crimson-purple; the fragrant and impressive bouquet leads into a medium-bodied palate with mesmerising texture and mouthfeel, with juicy, glossy red and black fruits cascading through a latticework of fine, foresty/savoury tannins. Shiraz.

    Rating: 96
    Alcohol: 14.2%
    Drink By: 2037

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    2010 Spinifex Barossa Valley Bete Noir

    James Suckling Tasting Report: Looking for Balanced Reds in Barossa Valley – February 6th 2014

    Beautiful aromas of flowers, smoked meats and fruit. Full body, lots of fruit, firm and chewy tannins but not overdone. Shows tension. Generous yet reserved. Drink now or hold. Loving this. Spinifex manages to make wines with intensity and finesse.

    Country: Australia
    Region: South Australia
    Vintage: 2010
    Rating: 96

  5. The Real Review – Huon Hooke

    2021 Bete Noir

    The Real Review – Huon Hooke – 15 March 2023
    Deep, bold purple-red colour; aromas of sweet ripe black fruits, blackberry and mulberry, vanilla/chocolate too, the palate full bodied and fruit-sweet at the core, then some astringency comes in thanks to acidity and tannin—but it’s all in balance. Plenty happening here. A promising shiraz that will reward patient cellaring.
    Rating: 95 points
    Drink by: 2024–20

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