Spinifex’s Rostein vineyard is home to two parcels of ancient Riesling, one planted in 1945 and the other in 1956. These parcels produce minuscule yields for Riesling, resulting in wines of atypical concentration and power. 2015 was the first Spinifex harvest from Rostein, yet the wines have been previously been released (discreetly) as single-vineyard Eden Valley.
This is the inaugural release under the Estate label and it comes predominantly from the oldest vines (from 1945, surely some of Australia’s oldest Riesling vines!) and was hand-picked in three passes over a week. Fermented naturally and aged on lees for 11 months in 1,000-litre neutral oak. Allowed to go through partial malo. Bottled unfiltered after 16 months. It’s wonderfully textured, yet dry. Complex and delicious. Perfumed and intense. Waves of ginger, orange rind, preserved lemon and wet stone characters, and a pulpy texture that’s balanced by gentle grip and a long, spicy close. Stunning.
From a selection of the Eden Valley vineyard, this has been fermented in 1,000-liter oak and has a rich, complex and flinty feel with attractive, pithy-grapefruit texture and a juicy, fine and long palate that offers plenty of textural build. Tight and powerful drive of phenolics and acidity into the finish. Try from 2022. Vino-lok glass stopper. 94 points – Nick Stock, Jamessuckling.com
It’s a ripper. All about the texture, generosity for the variety, impact of each sip. Memorable for its curls and curves of fuzzy, nutty savouriness though the mainstay is lime juice, pure, unadulterated, gently sweet but with a rod of tang thrust through. Refreshing, but not simple, detailed and layered in the bits and pieces that make this wine more than the Eden jazz standard. Delicious from hello. 95 Points – Mike Bennie, The Winefront