Papillon

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2018 Tasting Notes

2018 – The Season

Below average winter rains, followed by well timedbut sparse spring and early summer falls, coupled with mild temperatures set up the Barossa for anearly quantitively modest harvest of clean and freshfruit. Red wines show deep fleshy fruit, supple, ripe acids, and pleasing palate weight.

2018 Papillon Rose 13.0% abv

Produced from very old Barossa Valley Grenache (78%),and Cinsault (22%). The source vineyards range inage from 40 to 120 years old, (averaging 90 years ifyou had to find a fair number) growing in sands, loamover clay and deep red clay soils. All bush vines, allhand-picked, dry grown – old school. Whilst proportions varied depending on the particularfruit parcel, around 40% of the whole clusters wereretained within the fermentations, the balacedestemmed. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured on lees for 5 months in a mixture of concrete,stainless steel and large old oak prior to blending and bottling.

2 reviews for Papillon

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    2012 Spinifex Papillon

    James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion 2015 Edition

    A 68/32% blend of grenache and cinsaut. The bright and clear colour flies a convincing flag for the spicy, savoury, bramble subtext to the primary play of red cherry, raspberry and redcurrant fruit flavours. The texture and mouthfeel are also distinctively different to the other Spinifex wines – not necessarily better, just different.

    Rating: 93
    Alcohol: 13.5%
    Drink By: 2025

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    2011 Spinifex Papillon

    Matthew Jukes – The Wine Front, March 2013

    The 2011 vintage of Papillon is an outstanding wine. Where some threw their hands in the air in despair at the incorrigible 2011 vintage Peter Schell and Magali Gely made the most of it and this wine shows that they have succeeded in style.

    This wine has one of the most attractive aromas in my 100 Best. Tobacco, violets, peppercorns, bouquet garni and parched bark all overlaying cool, red berry drenched Grenache and Cinsault. You can drink it now, you can chill it with Indian food, you could keep it if you wish for five years, too – there are no rules. One thing is certain – this is a wine with a clear identity and direct message and it will not fail to enchant you and your friends.

    If you are looking for the alter ego to the 13.5% demure Papillon then look no further than the dark, swarthy, cut-throat Syrah, 2010 Bête Noir. Here Peter and Magali have loaded power and malevolence into the glass and after Papillon has wooed you and put you at your ease, this marauder will frighten you back into the real world.

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