Spinifex Clairette 2021
The fruit source is an elevated, 20 year old southern Barossa vineyard. Soils are limestone based. The vineyard is relatively late maturing, being amongst the last whites to be harvested.
Clairette is one of the oldest grape varieties used in France and Spinifex is one of the only to produce a straight varietal wine from Clairette in Australia.
All fruit is hand harvested, cooled overnight prior to being crushed but not destemmed – macerations are typically around 4-8 hours before pressing. The must is fermented with indigenous yeasts, malolactic is avoided, and the young wine remains on full lees for 6-8 months prior to racking. Bottled without filtration.
Spinifex see Clairette as a variety with significant potential. It’s fruit is hardy, withstands heat and weather well and whilst not highly acid retentive, it delivers wines with delicacy, freshness and texture.