Spinifex

Peter Schell and Magali Gely are a husband and wife team from NZ who came to Australia in the early 1990s to study oenology and marketing at Roseworthy College. They have spent four vintages making wine in France, mainly in the south, where Magalis family were vignerons for generations near Montpellier. The focus at Spinifex is the red varieties that dominate in the south of France: mataro (more correctly mourvedre), grenache, shiraz and cinsaut. The wine is made in open fermenters, basket-pressed, partial wild (indigenous) fermentations, and relatively long post-ferment maceration. This is a very old approach, but nowadays a la mode. The wines are made at Spinifexs winery in Vine Vale, where Peter also makes wines for a number of clients to whom he consults. As far as I am concerned Spinifex out-Torbrecks Torbreck. JAMES HALLIDAY