Spinifex Bête Noir Shiraz 2021


Deep, complex nose. Layers of dark fruits – blackberry, black currant, ripe dark cherry – fuse with delicate white pepper, rosemary and baking spices, underlain with bass notes of savoury walnut, black tea and game. Medium to full bodied palate, even, strong yet supple. Flavours range through dark sour plum, red cherry, dried herbs. Restrained yet fleshy mid palate – ripe fruit acids and fresh tannins draw to a long finish.

Vintage: 2021

Variety: Shiraz

Region: Barossa

94 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front. “It’s flush with fruit but there’s a meatiness to this and its churned with tannin too, grainy tannin. Charred meats, blackberries and blueberries, a floral element and fist loads of roasted spice. It’s bold but neat, tannic but not at the expense of the overall flow. Excellent gear, this.”

95 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review. “Deep, bold purple-red colour; aromas of sweet ripe black fruits, blackberry and mulberry, vanilla/chocolate too, the palate full bodied and fruit-sweet at the core, then some astringency comes in thanks to acidity and tannin—but it's all in balance. Plenty happening here. A promising shiraz that will reward patient cellaring.”
95 points, Dave Brooks, Halliday Wine Companion “Pete Schell's Bête Noir is a shiraz blended across a selection of Barossan grounds including a portion from the cooler Eden Valley. Typically sporting a super-saturated, magenta-splashed hue with aromas of bright plum, black cherry and blueberry fruits cut with hints of violets, brown spice, ironstone, dark chocolate, smoked meats, cherry confit and earth. Glossy and impressively pure, there's ferrous edge to the tight tannins and an acid line that propels the pure fruit briskly across the palate, finishing elegant yet opulent.”