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Released as an understudy to the Spinifex Garçon (which was not produced in 2021), La Cigale is a blend of 37% Mataro, 31% Cinsault, 20% Grenache and 12% Shiraz. The Cinsault was sourced from an old block in Bethany with 40- to 50-year-old vines, the Mataro from two blocks in Ebenezer in the northern part of the Barossa (the older site with vines over 40 years of age). The Shiraz is from Altona in Southern Barossa (with 30-year-old vines and deep gravelly sand), and the Grenache component is from Pete’s usual sources for the Garçon Grenache: old, dry-grown vines, also grown in the Barossa’s deep, coarse, sandy soil.
The winemaking has taken in a mélange of approaches, including the use of whole-bunch, whole-berry and destemmed fruit, followed by mostly natural ferments in a combination of stainless steel, concrete and large-format seasoned oak, which took place on fine lees for an average of five months.
We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate in Melbourne, and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge and respect the Traditional Owners of lands across Australia, their Elders, Ancestors, cultures and heritage, and recognise the continuing sovereignties of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nations.
Warning: under the liquor control reform act 1998 it is an offence; to supply alcohol to a person under the age of 18 years (penalty exceeds $7000); for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase or receive liquor (penalty exceeds $500)