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2018 Tasting Notes

Sourced exclusively from some of our oldest and most characterful dry grown Shiraz (63%)  and Mataro (37%) vineyards located in Ebenezer, Moppa and High Eden.   Hand harvested, fermented in open stainless steel and oak fermenters (with 30 % bunches retained in the shiraz portions) for between 10 and 24 days.  Fermentations were undertaken with indigenous yeasts and were matured on light lees until racking and blending 20 months after harvest. Components were matured in French oak demi-muids and barriques , 20 % new.

Savoury, broody nose where roasted chestnut, hazelnut, dried cherry, mulberry and sweet cassis elements are framed by more delicate ground coffee, dried citrus rind and fresh tarragon notes. Time in the glass brings brighter, sour edged plum and liquored cherry notes.

Dark plum, ripe blackberry fruit and suede lead on the attack. Core flavours get darker and more roasted through the palate and are lifted with delicate dried floral notes on the finish. The palate is driven by a streak of cherry pit like acid and firm pickled walnut tannin.   Full and vigorous, strong fruit with equally strong structure, fresh.

2013 Tasting Notes

2013 Indigene was sourced from six vineyards averaging 70 years of age (ranging from 20 to 110 years) located in pockets of quartz shot clay and silty sand soils across the Barossa Valley at elevations of between 230 and 420 m.a.s.l.

Deep garnet

Deep, complex and masculine aromatics. Higher-toned dried dark cherry, blueberry, violet laced blackberry fruits, fresh bay leaf and pickled walnut rise over a darker core of suede, Indian ink, hardwoods, brazil nut, coffee and boudin noir.

Intense and concentrated, yet not expansive. Dark, savoury and saline elements find balance against fleshy, elemental fruit. Initially subjugated by the unresolved core of red and black fruits, stony acids and fine sandy tannins build to drive the finish, fresh and firm. The restrained complexity of old vineyards and the generosity given by the Barossa’s ancient soils are both evident in measure.

2012 Tasting Notes

Deep vibrant garnet

Restrained yet deep aromatics range through hazel nut, sandalwood, bay leaf, iodine and nori to more primary elements of fruity bitter chocolate, dried cherry, griotte and blueberry with time in the glass. Displays the warm savoury depth of old vines and ancient Barossa soils.

Initially shy on the palate, stony, herb laced blue fruits – builds with air a strong savoury fruit core that flirts with opulence – a discreet richness held in check with finely chiselled sandy tannins and blueberry like acids. Displays a lovely measure of flesh and bone. Strongly regional. Soulful.

4 reviews for Indigene

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    Spinifex Barossa Indigene

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

    This blend of shiraz and mataró from Barossan winemaker Peter Schell shows deep, broody aromas of satsumas, plums, black cherries and blackberry fruits along with hints of graphite, roasting game, “Old Jamaican” chocolate, bay leaves, garrigue, black pepper and exotic spices. Savory and finely honed on the palate with great fruit density, meaty facets, Asian spices, graphite and a scaffolding of beautifully sandy tannins that flow through the wine. Long of finish, and well composed, this is rich yet fresh and restrained. A superb wine offering amazing value. Drink now.

    Country: Australia
    Region: South Australia
    Vintage: 2012
    Score: 96

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    2012 Spinifex Indigene

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion 2015 Edition

    The combination of blackberry, plum, multi-spice, dark chocolate and earth of the impossibly complex palate capture the message of the equally complex bouquet without missing a beat. The flavours roll on relentlessly, like waves crashing on a beach in the night. Shiraz/Mataro.

    Rating: 97
    Alcohol: 14.2%
    Drink By: 2037

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    Spinifex Shiraz Barossa Indigene

    James Suckling

    Very plush cassis, blackberries and plums here. Strong fruit presence on the nose, which shows that it is still very elemental. The palate has a similar fruit-forward style with bold blackberries and dark plums, some roasted coffee and spices to close. This has good fruit depth. Leave it alone for three or four years. Try around 2022. Screw cap.

    Country: Australia
    Region: South Australia
    Vintage: 2016
    Score: 96

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    Spinifex Shiraz Barossa Valley Indigene

    James Suckling

    Ripe dark plums, blueberries and graphite with some peppery, dark, wild-herb nuances. The palate has a very deep, rich and intense feel with such powerful blackberry and blueberry flavors. Long, smooth, thick and ripe tannins. This is a signature wine for Spinifex and it is in great shape in 2018. Exceptional. A blend of shiraz and mataro. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

    Country: Australia
    Region: South Australia
    Vintage: 2018
    Score: 98

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