Winemaker Jason Schwarz describes his Schwarz Wine Company Meta Grenache as having, ‘exceptional juiced-up drinkability.’ We’ve made this half-dozen offer extra juicy and upgraded the sixth bottle to a cult, Classified McLaren Vale Grenache.
Known as one of the Artisans of Barossa, Jason Schwarz has crafted his 2018 Meta Grenache with a spirit of shareability in mind. It’s a joyfully drinkable affair. Hand-picked, wild-fermented with 85% whole bunches, and unfiltered, it’s pulpy, spicy, juicy Grenache goodness.
Your bonus is a true cult Grenache from McLaren Vale and a classic of the Australian wine scene. With five years of bottle age, it’s a fuller-bodied companion to its case mate. When you see the label, you won’t want to share this one among too many friends.
Here we have five bottles of Schwarz Grenache ripe for the pouring, and a Confidential bonus that you’ll want to keep all to yourself.
Hand-picked, wild-fermented with 85% whole bunches, unfined and unfiltered. The evidence takes a quantum leap with this lovely wine, a supple and smooth stream of red fruits. A lovely wine that will go anywhere and everywhere, needing nothing other than a couple of glasses with a couple of friends.
95 points, Wine Companion (December 2018)
96 points, Robert Parker (September 2018)
South Australia is the driest state on the world’s driest continent. Covering almost 1 million (984 377km) square kilomteres, it represents 12.8% of the Australian land mass. Sweeping plains are intersected by a spine of relatively low lying ranges, the Mount Lofty/Flinders Ranges which extend through the heart of the State. Over 50% of the state is elevated at under 150 metres. The Great Artesian basin covers almost one-third of the State. The major river is the River Murray which lethargically makes its way into the Southern Ocean. This water mass has a moderating effect on climate, particularly in the southern regions of South Australia where most vines are planted.
Summers are generally hot and dry with relatively mild nights. Winters are cool. Rainfall occurs mostly during late autumn/winter (May, June, July, August). Drought and salinity are major concerns.
The principle wine regions in South Australia are; the Adelaide Hills, Barossa (comprising the Barossa and Eden Valleys), Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra and the Riverland. Vineyard expansion has also extended to Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Bordertown, Robe, Southern Fleurieu and the Flinders Ranges.
It is a tradition for many wine companies to make multi-district blends from South Australian fruit – the idea of house style taking precedence over regional definition. Penfolds pioneered this concept. The vagaries of vintage variation can be evened out by fruit selection, ensuring quality at a high level. However there is debate that this concept comes at the expense of the ‘soul’ of the wine. Penfolds Grange is probably the most famous multi-district blend and is an excellent counter-argument.Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's