Bete Noir

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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

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

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.

4 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

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