Schild Estate Ben Schild Reserve Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Named for founder Ben Schild, the fruit is sourced from the Schild Estate Angus Brae (planted 2000) vineyard, named for the founder’s great-grandson, Angus. The vineyard was purchased by the Schild family in December 2001.
Deep, dark, mouth-coating Barossa Shiraz. Made to be enjoyed early and often. Lush indefatigable fruit rolls in waves through long a finish.
The fruit is harvested, then crushed into either traditional open-top fermenters or large format oak. The crushed fruit is cold-soaked prior to 12-day fermentation. Further post-ferment maceration prior to being pressed into barrel. 18-24 months on oak with a little further bottling ageing.
'From vines planted '00, the vinification identical to Pramie. There is a tsunami of luscious black fruits, dark chocolate, ginger and spice, the tannins quick to mark their presence, but not envelope the fruit.'
95 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion, February 2019.
'Deep, rich red colour with a trace of purple, but there is some positive development, liberal oak and a high-alcohol syrupy texture. Some ginger-spice notes. A big-framed shiraz of density and power, long-lasting aftertaste and plenty of cellaring potential.'
92 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review, April 2019.
'A full-bodied, generous, ripe shiraz with nutty aromatics and rich fruit. The palate is bursting with raisin and fruitcake flavours, plus a little tar, dried mulberry, vino cotto and flaky pastry. It is fleshy and sweet-fruited, though it needs decanting to bring all of the elements into balance. It is an assertive, juicy wine made for lovers of big red wines. Great with vintage cheddar.'
90 points, Toni Paterson MW, The Real Review, April 2019
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.