Spinifex Papillon 2014
Brunswick Wine Shop | 16 Sparta Place Brunswick

Spinifex Papillon 2014

Regular price $28.00
Now in its tenth vintage, Pete Schell's Papillon could almost be considered one of the parents of the new Barossa. While the Spinifex portfolio has grown over the years, this wines' progressive, juicy-fresh style continues to inspire many an imitator and shows no sign of any wear and tear whatsoever. If anything, it has never been in better form. The 2014 is certainly one of the very finest releases of Papillon we have offered. Crafted from a range of old vine, dry grown Grenache and Cinsault (90 years of age on average), located in the east and far northern reaches of the Barossa Valley. Each vineyard is hand harvested when just ripe to "...ensure natural acids, freshness, spice and the fresher, edgier tannins are preserved." Incredibly perfumed with lifted blueberry, strawberry and lavender notes (just so pretty) the 2014 is seductive from the get-go. The palate is super pure, vibrant and juicy with those same, red and blue fruits and southern French florals. Grenadine as well. Really bright and racy, this a wine built of fragrance (on both the nose and the palate). It would do a top southern Rhone producer proud. A deliciously crunchy texture, cleansing acidity, and savoury grip, is somehow perfectly integrated with the wine's generous fruit giving a surreal sense of balance. As always, the wine is naturally fermented with a portion of whole bunches (30% in this case for heightened fragrance and more freshness) and pulled out of old wood after six months with the same logic. Just damn delicious and too good for the money. Bravo Mr. Schell.

The colour, indeed the entire wine, is pinot-like in its perfume and subtlety. It’s light red-purple hued and fragrant, with raspberry and spices, strawberry and pepper. Light-bodied, low-tannin, soft and fruity, and ready to enjoy young. (Screwcap; 13.5 per cent alcohol). Score: 91 ★★★★ – Huonhooke.com

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