La Maline

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2015 Tasting Notes

99 % Shiraz, 1% Viognier

In 2015 we were able to produce 290 cases of La Maline.With La Maline we are seeking a pure, finely structured expression of Barossa Shiraz. Key contributers in achieving this are vine age, site altitude, a soil sympathetic to the style and dedicated vineyard husbandry. Vineyard altitudes range from between 360 and 500 m asl, three Vineyards are in Eden Valley and one is in the Barossa Valley.Vine age averages around 75 years. Soils are poor, generally loamy sands sitting over varied parent material bases, all are unirrigated.

Vinification was kept relatively simple. All fruit was hand harvested and cooled overnight. Around 30-40% of bunches were retained and fermented as whole clusters, the balance were destemmed. Approximately 1 % pressed Viognier marc was added during fermentation which were are undertaken in small open stainless steel and wooden fermenters with indigenous yeasts. Maceration times were generally between 12-20 days. Elevage on light lees was undertaken in a selection of thick staved 600 L demi muids and barriques. Unfined and bottled without filtration.


2013 Tasting Notes

Drawn from four vineyards growing in the gravel shot clays and degraded silty sand soils in the higher parts of the north west Barossa, Moculta, Eden Valley and the Eastern foothills. Vine ages range from between 20 and 70 years of age. Altitudes span 360 to 420 m.a.s.l.

Vibrant blue hued ruby.

This is the most masculine and classically regional La Maline yet released. Initially reserved with dark fruit and oak elements yet to settle to their final form. With time in the glass cardamom, pepper, dark rose, mulberry, ripe pomegranate and blonde tobacco lift over prune d’agent, crème cassis and dark leathery loamy base notes.

Bold and direct on attack, fleshy. Strong plum and blueberry fruits flow to a fresh finish driven by plum skin like acids and fine nutty tannin. The innate opulence of the Shiraz grape, the concentration of the vintage and high altitude vineyard provenance all find a counter balance.


2012 Tasting Notes

Vibrant blue hued ruby

Aromatically pure and un-evolved, fruit and oak elements yet to fully fuse. On first opening wood-smoke, dried thyme, white pepper and graphite sit over spiced cherry, red plum and jerky notes. Air brings the wine higher toned Shiraz florals and brambly black berry and cassis fruits –almost countering its strong savoury core.

Embryonic, intense, vibrant fruit on attack, sour red plum and red cherry turn to marjoram and sandalwood. A stony acid line and firm, fine, sanguine tannins maintain tension and freshness. Strong, lithe, pure. Fine boned yet potent Barossa Shiraz.

5 reviews for La Maline

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    2015 Spinifex La Maline Barossa Shiraz

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion 2018 Edition

    This is nothing short of electrifying. It’s as if a ball of energy has been created with a core of tiptop dark fruit laced with pepper, menthol, star anise and patchouli. There are high tones to the floral notes, creaminess on the full-bodied palate, velvety tannins and integrated cedary oak. It has power, design and structure yet purity, too, and extraordinary length. It takes complexity to a new level.

    Rating: 97
    Drink By: 2045
    Alcohol: 14.5%

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    Spinifex Barossa La Maline

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

    Peter Schell’s La Maline is a blend of shiraz sourced from the Barossa Valley and the higher, cooler altitudes of neighbouring Eden Valley. Vibrant red/purple in hue with high-toned aromas of blue and black fruits as well as hints of wood smoke, Asian spices, graphite, red plums and purple flowers. Medium-bodied and showing lovely weight and flow across the palate, this a wine that comes across in such a natural way, with the fruit sitting perfectly in line with the tannins and acidity. An elegant wine showing great fruit purity, tension and balance. Drink in 2018.

    Country: Australia
    Region: South Australia
    Vintage: 2012
    Score: 94

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    2012 Spinifex La Maline

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion 2015 Edition

    Whether Guigal and its stupendous La Mouline vineyard are pleased by the name, I don’t know. Deep, intense crimson; this takes the Spinifex ’12 shiraz trio onto an altogether different and higher level, black fruits the core of the profound bouquet and full-bodied palate with a tsunami of fruit, licorice, leather, verjuice, savoury/foresty tannins and oak.

    Rating: 98
    Alcohol: 14.5%
    Drink By: 2052

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    2010 Spinifex Barossa Valley La Maline

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

    Beautiful aromas of berries, rose petal and licorice. Full body with a fine line of tannins and fruit. Savory, spicy and fruity. Goes on for minutes. Trim and fit style. Drink or hold.

    Country: Australia
    Region: South Australia
    Vintage: 2010
    Rating: 95

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    2016 Spinifex Shiraz Viognier Barossa La Maline

    James Suckling

    A very stylish shiraz viognier that has extraordinary x-factor appeal on all levels. The aromas are super spicy and fragrant, showing exotic perfumes that lead to ripe dark berries and plums. The palate texture is silky, so lacy and drenched in flavor. The smoothly rendered tannins deliver a polished and stony finish. This is vibrant, exotic and stylish. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

    Country: Australia
    Region: South Australia
    Vintage: 2016
    Rating: 97

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