At the forefront of a new wave of Narossa winemakers was NZ-born Peter Schell and his French-born wife Magali Gely. They established Spinifex in 2001, and it’s since become one of the Barossa’s most exciting and highly regarded wineries.
Peter is a trained oenologist (winemaker) and has made wine in Burgundy, Bordeaux, Provence, Languedoc, Switzerland and NZ, and Magali’s family has been growing wine near Montpellier for over 10 generations. The couple source their fruit from a small group of dedicated growers in both the Barossa and Eden Valleys, concentrating on varieties from the south of France.
“Pete [Schell] and his partner Magali Gely operate what I think is the best new-wave of small-scale Barossa wine companies to emerge at the beginning of the 21st century… These weren’t big, blockbuster, showy wines designed to impress. They were wines that managed to take the best of the Barossa’s sometimes forgotten varietal traditions and fuse them onto a very European flavour sensibility.” Max Allen, The Future Makers.
“Wow what an impressive newcomer this is... Great wine and immaculate packaging is a heady mixture.” James Halliday Wine Companion.
“Peter Schell, a New Zealander transplanted to the Barossa, is one of the stars of the region, producing composed, elegant wines from vineyards across the region.” James Suckling 2015.
5 stars - Outstanding Winery, James Halliday Wine Companion.
Winery of the Year, 2009 Penguin Australian Wine Guide.
The couple makes a wide range of excellent wines, including several interesting white blends, a couple of super-duper rosés and some serious reds including this aglianico.
"Inky dark color. Beautifully fragrant violet and wild-berry aromas and flavors. The palate has super succulent tannins that really stack in fine, powdery style. The finish is dry and really draws fresh raspberry and boysenberry flavors long. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
92 points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com