A blend of 66% Barossa Mataro with 26% Cinsault, and 6% Vermentino, this release is the first Luxe since 2017. Like the Spinifex Rosé, the fruit was harvested by hand and chilled overnight prior to crushing. Before fermentation, the musts were macerated for around six hours. The wine went through a partial malo before maturation in in old French oak puncheons and demi muids. The Vermentino was fermented separately as whole bunches “with the goal of retaining freshness yet developing texture and aromatic depth”.
With more grip, more texture, and more savoury depth than their regular rosé, Luxe is Spinifex’s 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.