2021 Spinifex Vermentino Barossa Valley – This is a terrific example of this variety, sourced from a one-acre vineyard growing on hard, ironstone-rich soil in one of the highest parts of Koonunga Hill in Barossa’s extreme north. Vermentino is a rugged and hardy variety that Schell tells us ripens relatively slowly here, retaining acidity while delivering generous texture.
Regarding the winemaking, whole bunches were cooled overnight before being placed in a small, enclosed stainless steel for a natural ferment for 12 days prior to pressing. Carbo blanc! Schell then blocked the malolactic and the wine rested on full lees in old wood, developing texture for ten months prior to racking. Bottled without filtration.
This would challenge many a top Italian example. Expect a fabulous fleshy texture that is nonetheless super fresh and vibrant with tangy acidity and powdery grip from the subtle, whole-bunch ferment notes.
Single Price: $32.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $24.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $288.00