Schubert Goose-yard Block Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Concentrated, rich and dense, this is Schubert Estate’s flagship wine. The Goose-Yard Block is a classic Barossa Valley Shiraz, characterised power, elegance and poise which earns it regular podium berths. Expect your nose to be tweaked and your mouth to be slapped and to want to come back for more. If well kept in a good cellar, the youthful boisterousness settles into a assured comfort one should expect from the top wine from a 100-year-old winery.
Saturated, dense red-purple; a rich tapestry of textures and flavours; plum, blackberry and spice, with ripe tannins.
95 points, James Halliday (February 2006)
Inky violet color. Very ripe aromas of cassis, plum and boysenberry, complicated by notes of cola, sassafras, candied licorice and black pepper. Fat and viscous, with great depth to the sweet, liqueur-like dark berry, vanilla and baking spice flavors. Gained freshness with aeration, picking up a brighter kirsch quality, but this is a big, bruising shiraz nonetheless. Most wines pair well with certain types of dishes but this big guy might go best by itself.
93 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (July 2006)
This deep, fat, black/purple-hued Shiraz boasts loads of exuberant blackberry and cassis fruit along with hints of leather, game, and smoked meats. Drink this full-bodied, rich, pure, impressive effort over the next decade or more.
92 points, Robert Parker (October 2006)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.