2007 Spinifex Papillon

Red Rhone Blend

  • Australia
  • South Australia
  • Barossa
  • Barossa Valley
Drink between 2010 - 2012 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • Italiana Likes this wine:

    April 29, 2019 - Fresh looking and fresh tasting. Gobs of fruit. A little hot, although not all that high in alcohol. Medium viscosity. Very soft texture. For my taste, it could use a pinch more acidity. I was fully expecting a dead bottle, so the sheer drinkability of this one was a pleasant surprise.

  • Lukeout wrote: 92 points

    February 12, 2011 - This bottle seemed even fresher than the one I had over a year ago. The nose is as complex as ever, with a bit more raspberry. Great depth, without even approaching going over the top.

  • pape du neuf wrote: 90 points

    October 16, 2010 - The first whiff from the glass gave me worry. More than a bit sweet on the nose.
    The surprise was that the impression didn't carry over to the palate. Forward fruit of cherries and red berries, with refreshing acidity.
    Spoofed? The Cinsault adding the lift? Could be either or both.
    The Mataro/Mourvèdre/Monastrell added some gamy, earthy notes that raised this a step above a simple quaffer.
    Nothing profound here, but it turned out to be a great pair for grilled buffalo burgers.
    Drink up. Not one to age.

  • RoysterWright Likes this wine: 91 points

    October 9, 2010 - A beautiful, refreshing red. While it had a wee bit of fizziness in the background early, that faded away over the course of a couple hours. The blackberry tones were scrumptious. A wonderful complement to an early fall evening.

  • Lukeout wrote:

    August 7, 2009 - Excellent wine. Not over the top, but very complex, particularly the nose, which had more going on than I could nail down, but included; forest floor-type berries, chalkiness, a little meat and smoke(?). Reminded me of some pinot noir I've had for some reason. Great flavors with juicy, but not jammy, fruit that provides a lift. Great to see something at this price point this elegant coming from Australia!

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    September/October 2008, IWC Issue #140 (link)

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  • By James Halliday
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  • By Jon Rimmerman
    9/18/2008 (link)

    (Spinifex PAPILLON) Papillon SPECIAL Dear Friends, With the economy in the headlines everywhere you turn, I'm trying to do my part with deals and bargains that will help ease the pain of tough times. Just released, I'm not even going to wait until 2-3 years from now to offer this at a discount - let's just start at 40% off. Spinifex is a bearer of the new-order in the Barossa, one that is more traditional and old-world in its approach. Tired of making highly extracted Shiraz at Turkey Flat, Pete Schell went out on his own to craft a more regal series of wines that reflect his vision of what the Eden Valley and Barossa can be - restrained, varietal, low-moderate in alcohol but still superbly ripe and balanced (without a massive club of new wood) - that is what Spinifex is all about and he's been backing up that sentiment with one success after another. Along with Massena and a few others, this movement has caught steam in the last year or two and the style is starting to creep in at more established high-impact Barossa houses - a good thing for all of us as this area holds so much promise but massive extract and alcohol levels have blurred the lines of subtlety that (in the end) will keep people interested for more than just a few vintages (you don't see people abandoning Chave after 2-3 vintages - why is that? Chave is not perceived as a carnival of sorts, it's perceived as wine). Spinifex is not only about the new style, it is also about another thing - value at the top end. As an example, the 2007 Papillon is far more complex than most of the $30-40 wines I taste from this region and many of you will be delightfully surprised at how fresh and on-point it is - a standout of elegance and depth that should be given a fair chance (without any preconceived notions): The Age (Jane Faulkner): "SPINIFEX PAPILLON 2007 - An enticing perfumed nose of cherry, blackberry and mulberry fruits, grenache-spice notes with some potpourri and sandalwood, a touch gamey and savoury, this medium-bodied wine's just drinking so well now - and you're getting all that at this price? Insane." ONE SHIPMENT ONLY at this price directly from the source with perfect provenance 2007 Spinifex "Papillon" Barossa Valley Thank you, Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA Aus9322

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2007
  • Type Red
  • Producer Spinifex
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation Papillon
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Australia
  • Region South Australia
  • SubRegion Barossa
  • Appellation Barossa Valley

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  • In Cellars 32 (32%)
  • Consumed 67 (68%)

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