It’s not easy to recall a year that was as exciting across the board as 2015, so you’d rightly be expecting something special from Pete Schell’s flagship Shiraz. By design, La Maline has always been Spinifex’s purest and most finely structured expression of Barossa Shiraz. The wine is cropped from meticulously tended terroirs; 75 year old dry grown vines from four high-altitude sites (three are in the Eden Valley and one is in the Barossa Valley). The 2015 is a powerful wine, no question about that. This makes sense as 2015 was a powerful year. Yet this is also super pure and sleek with vibrant blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, a fresh, sappy edge from the whole bunches and a vibrant perfumed close. A stunning Barossan. All fruit was hand harvested and cooled overnight. Around 30-40% of bunches were retained; fermentation took place in small open stainless steel and wooden fermenters, with indigenous yeasts. Approximately 1% pressed Viognier marc was added during fermentation. The wine was raised on light lees in a selection of thick staved 600 litre demi muids, and some barriques; unfined, and bottled without filtration.