Region / Appellation: Barossa Valley
Producer: Schild Estate Wines
Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
94 Points - Wine Spectator - " This big, smooth wine is polished, ripe and complex, offering roasted meat and walnut accents to its black cherry, blackberry, tobacco and licorice aromas and flavors. Lingers appealingly on the expansive finish."
90 Points - International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer)
90 Points - Vinous Antonio Galloni
Bronze - Decanter World Wine Awards 2010
Bronze - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2010
Bronze - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2010
Commended - International Wine Challenge 2010
(Rank #7) Top 100 Wines of 2010 Wine Spectator
The wine has a vibrant rich red color, with a bouquet of ripe cherries, rich spices and liquorice with some vanilla undertones derived from the extended maturation in new and old American Oak. On the palate, the flavors explode in a fusion of complex oak and well integrated tannins with a backbone of ripe black plums.
This is an easy drinking Shiraz, produced by Ed and Michael Schild, second and third generation Barossa vignerons. The wine is sourced from selected vineyards in and around Lyndoch, Southern Barossa Valley.
It is another fine example of a classic regional style from this renowned region, with Barossa regionality showing through at its best in this wine. The 2008 growing season had everything. An ideal build up, a very congested ripening period and then a heat wave in early March ensured that it was an exciting and busy vintage for the winemaking and vineyard teams. The Shiraz was picked early to avoid the predicted heat and has reaped the benefits as a result and is characterized by real depth of flavor and great balance.