Rosé of the Year 2023, James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion.
A blend of 66% Barossa Mataro with 26% Cinsault, and 6% Vermentino, this release is the first Luxe since 2017.
"Luxe is selected from only those (rosé) parcels that have particular aromatic and textural complexity. We are drawn to sections that display what we call secondary fruit - fresh and dried flowers, herbs, spice, minerality, white and green tea-like aromatics - rather than primary fruit - fresh berry fruits etc." Peter Schell, Winemaker.
"With more grip, more texture, and more savoury depth than their regular rosé, Luxe is Spinifex's self-confessed homage to the textural rosés of France's coastal Mediterranean vineyards--Bandol in particular. It's incredibly vivid and focused, displaying enticing aromas of blood orange, cassis, pepper and bay leaf. The palate is energetic and chewy, crammed with silken texture and crunchy brightness, rousing to a reverberating, savoury finish. Totally delicious. If Australian Rosé gets any more exciting than this, do drop us a line with the details!" Bibendum Wine Co.
"Lots going on here with silky, elegant feel all up. Delivers light sour cherry, pomegranate juice scents and flavours with some flinty, wet slate minerally character too. Great palate weight, deep enough yet fresh, glides along and then screws up into a quite pucker and light chew. Lovely stuff." 92 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front.
Spinifex Wines owners and operators, Peter Schell and Magali Gely, have had a home in the Barossa Valley for over twenty years and hold a strong commitment to and passion for the Barossa. They also have a strong French connection, both physically and philosophically.
Magali's family, who up until recently were vignerons with a long lineage in Lunel, near Montpellier, still live in south France, and over the last ten years Peter has worked six French vintages, in Provence, the Languedoc, Bordeaux and Burgundy.
Time spent in the south of France has fuelled their interest in making unique, hand crafted wines with personality, which are generous and honest expressions of the varieties and their provenance.