Spinifex Wines 'Espirit' 2020

Spinifex Wines 'Espirit' 2020

Spinifex Wines 'Espirit' 2020

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Winemaking and Drinking

The 2020 'Espirit' is a testament to a blend of tradition, innovation, and a deep understanding of the land from which it originates.

The fruit for 'Espirit' 2020 were sourced from several old vine vineyards in the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. These regions are renowned for their ancient soils and favorable climate, ideal for growing premium wine grapes. The vineyards are managed sustainably, with a focus on minimal intervention to allow the natural characteristics of the vines and soil to shine through.

'Espirit' 2020 is a blend primarily composed of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). The Grenache provides a vibrant fruitiness and aromatic lift, the Shiraz contributes body and depth, while the Mataro adds complexity and structure. This harmonious blend is a hallmark of Spinifex Wines, showcasing the potential of these traditional varieties when combined.

Appearance

In the glass, 'Espirit' 2020 displays a deep, rich ruby color with purplish hues at the rim, indicating its youth and vibrancy.

Nose

The nose is expressive and enticing, with layers of aromatic complexity. Initial notes of red berries, particularly raspberry and cherry, are complemented by hints of violet and rose petals. As the wine opens up, it reveals deeper notes of spice, including black pepper, cinnamon, and a touch of anise. Subtle earthy undertones and a hint of oak add to the wine's aromatic profile, providing a sense of depth and intrigue.

Palate

On the palate, 'Espirit' 2020 is medium to full-bodied, with a velvety texture and well-integrated tannins. The red berry flavors are prominent, mingling with blackcurrant and plum. The spiciness detected on the nose carries through, accompanied by hints of dark chocolate and espresso. The wine has a balanced acidity that adds freshness and a long, lingering finish with a touch of minerality.

Awards and Recognition

'Espirit' 2020 has received acclaim both domestically and internationally. Some of its notable awards include:

  • Gold Medal at the 2021 Barossa Wine Show: Recognized for its outstanding quality and representation of Barossa Valley's terroir.
  • 94 Points from James Halliday: Australia’s leading wine critic praised 'Espirit' 2020 for its complexity, balance, and excellent aging potential.
  • Silver Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards 2022: This international recognition highlights the wine's appeal beyond Australian borders.

Spinifex Wines 'Espirit' 2020 is a stellar example of modern Australian winemaking, where tradition meets innovation. The meticulous vineyard management, combined with the skillful blending of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mataro, results in a wine that is both expressive and elegant. 


Wine TypeRed wine
ProducerSpinifex Wines
StateSouth Australia
RegionBarossa Valley
VarietyGrenache Mataro Cinsault
Year2020
Volume750 mL
Alcohol14.5%