2015 Tasting Notes
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.