A delicious Australian expression of this rare southern Italian grape. Peter Schell of Spinifex is nothing if not independent-minded, and this non-standard bottling of Aglianico grown on the nearby Adelaide Hills reflects a willingness to value grapes and sources for their sheer textual and flavour potential. Offering a full display of the grape's vibrant fruits and mineral-savoury dimension, this wine has X-factor and luscious drinkability.
Reviews for the 2017 vintage below…
93/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front (2017 Vintage)
"From the significantly Italian-accented Amadio vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, this aglianico is a departure from the Rhone staples that form the baseline of Pete Schell of Spinifex’s work. Cool breeze. Sour and ripe cherry scents, a touch of raspberry lolly, green herbs and faint fennel. The palate is juicy, soft in a way, touched by sweet-sour fruit character, fine sheath of tannins, tangy acidity and good swirl of gummy tannin. This is great fun to drink, it feels, with detail in tow. Very nicely done."
93/100 Huon Hooke, March 2019 (2017 Vintage)
"Very deep, bold, glass-staining purple/red colour. The aromas are fresh and bright, young and clean and modern, fruit-driven and bold. The palate is likewise full-bodied and rounded, fruit-sweet and soft, with lots of ripe berry fruits, and ample but supple tannins, which provide an excellent backbone. A delicious modern style."