Spinifex Indigene 2005

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For all the talk these days of restraint in wine sometimes life just calls for a big boned flavour packed bottle. And, as much as I appreciate a huge diversity of wines and have learned to love lots of old-world style, acidity, and earthiness, my wine roots are a bit different and I can’t seem to shake my love for the big stuff. This wine was an homage to that and a perfect match for a couple of fantastic sausages from Oyama on Granville Island.

I was kind of curious about the name of this winery after hearing some grumblings about it at a wine store. Looking it up on Wikipedia provided the info that Spinifex is a type of grass that grows in Australia that has many traditional uses for Australia’s Aboriginal peoples. It’s also a kind of Australian Pigeon. Which one of these is the wine chanelling, I wonder?

A very forward cherry and strawberry candy-fest. We’re not talking loads of complexity here, but certainly this has tremendous depth and integrity and, while full of fruit, is also nicely balanced. A beautiful BBQ wine mixed with 55% Mataro (Mourvedre) and 45% Shiraz. A hint of spice on the finish, with good length and a distinct mocha element when paired with my coq-au-vin sausage. It would be unfair to call this simply a fruit bomb. This is really just a very well made Barossa wine with classic Barossa fruit done well – and no hint of pigeon.

Very Good+
$48 at Marquis


  1. Edward
    April 19, 2008


    I have rather strong recollections of spinifex grass. As a teenager I spent a few weeks of a school camp trying to jump / burn / avoid the stuff. It’s spiky and seemingly everywhere.

    The Aussie record on Rhone blends is surprisingly poor, given the good quality shiraz that is on hand.

  2. Shea
    April 19, 2008

    Interesting. I definitely enjoyed this wine, but I thought it was a bit pricey compared to what you could get from the Rhone for $46. On the other hand, it’s really a completely different style, and one that I enjoyed despite some shortcomings that the ‘critic’ in me noticed. Sometimes it’s just about sitting back and enjoying.

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