The Old & Survivor Vine 2019 Barossa Valley Grenache is firmly in the red fruit register but at the darker end of the spectrum. Dark cherries and red currants are chaperoned by savoury spice. Slight creamy texture and soft tannins are offset by a bright edge. This isn’t an over the top Barossa Grenache, it’s generous, layered and interesting without being indulgent.
The fruit is sourced from two vineyards. The Kleemann Vineyard was established in 1985 at 320m asl on the Eastern Hills overlooking Rowland Flat and are now classified as Old Vines (35 years+). The second vineyard in the blend is the Three Springs. Established at 300m asl, the plot is adjacent to the original Schild family estate in Rowland Flat. The vines are 70+ years old Classified and Survivor Vines. At this altitude, the vines are much lower-yielding and, combined with the decades of growth, produce fruit of great concentration, complexity and character. Schild Estate then realises the potential of the fruit and presents it in this sumptuous 2019 cuvée.
It’s from two vineyards, one planted in 1926 and the other in 1985. The one planted in 1985 is considered an old vineyard, which makes me feel old.
It’s a fine grenache. It feels quality from the outset. It’s quite licoricey, red and black, with raspberry, sweet spice, subtle clove and graphite-like notes whispered through. It has a well-managed firmness; just enough. Oak influence feels relatively minor but drinkability feels relatively major.
93 points, The Wine Front (October 2020)
A blend from Barossa grenache vines classified as “Old” – 35 years – and “Survivor” – 70 years. The result is less traditional than the components might suggest with notable floral aromas, hints of Turkish Delight, licorice, raspberry, and earthy notes on the nose. It’s very fragrant and the flavours are fruit-sweet but not jammy. It has lovely velvety flow in the mouth and good depth of flavour without undue heaviness. Soft ripe tannins and a long licorice-accented finish complete the picture. Drinking well right now.
92 points, The Real Review (February 2021)
Medium to full ruby colour with a brick rim, not purple, while the bouquet has licorice and earthy-savoury notes and seems quite developed. Chocolate-coated licorice bullets. The palate is light to medium-weighted, emphatic, concentrated and firm at the end, the flavour lingering on well.
91 points, The Real Review (January 2021)
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.