2021 Spinifex Papillon Grenache Cinsault Barossa Valley – Pete Schell’s Papillon was one of the first of the mod-Barossa wines to show that ripeness and depth of flavour needn’t come at the expense of freshness and vineyard clarity. All these years later it remains at the very top of its game. If anything, it has never been in better form.
This year’s wine is drawn from two exceptionally old vineyards, both dry-grown bush vines. The Grenache (the lion’s share at 95% of the blend) comes off circa 1890 vines, rooted in a deep, coarse sandy soil. This parcel was naturally fermented with 50% whole bunches for heightened fragrance and freshness. The Cinsault, again from pre-Great War vines (1910), grows in a red clay terroir. This fruit is de-stemmed and fermented as whole berries. Each vineyard is hand harvested when just ripe to “…ensure natural acids, freshness, spice and the fresher, edgier tannins are preserved”.
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. This would do a top southern Rhône producer proud. It sports a deliciously crunchy texture, cleansing acidity, savoury grip, and is somehow perfectly integrated with the wine’s generous fruit giving a delicious sense of balance.
Single Price: $32.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $24.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $288.00