2014 Alpha Crucis Peter Schell MV Shiraz
Peter Schell has called the Barossa Valley home for over ten years, after the chance to buy a parcel of old-vine Mataro in 2001 started his career as a wine producer and the Spinifex label was born. In that time he has also worked six French vintages, in Provence, the Languedoc, Bordeaux and Burgundy. The time spent in the south of France has fuelled his interest in making unique, hand crafted wines with personality, which are generous and honest expressions of the varieties and their provenance.
Winemaking Method: Grapes were picked with 40% of bunches left as whole bunches, remainder of bunches were de-stemmed prior to a natural fermentation. The wine spent 14 days on skins with the fermentation peaking around 28ºC. After the wine had finished fermenting it was transferred to French oak barriques with 25% new burgundy coopered and the remainder into 2nd and 3rd use French barriques.
Oak: A combination of new, 2nd and 3rd use French barriques, 25% of which was new oak.