2008 Schild Estate Wines Barossa Shiraz
This wine first came to prominence when US magazine ‘The Wine Spectator’ scored the 2004 vintage 96 points which was unprecedented and a remarkable achievement for a wine from anywhere in the world at such a miserly price point. Needless to say the wine sold out like hotcakes in a matter of hours. The just released 2008 vintage comes very close to matching that effort having just received 94 points from Wine Spectator and ranked as #7 in their top 100 wines list for 2010.
A superb example of a rich, voluptuously textured Barossa Shiraz that delivers phenomenal value for money
Opaque black crimson colour with deep dark red hue. Lifted aromas of super ripe blackberry and dark plum followed by some dark chocolate and confectionary notes. Opulent and rich with a plush fleshy texture the palate delivers mouthfilling flavours of ripe dark plum, blackberry, chocolate bullets and confectionary followed by some spice. Velvet smooth tannins with long aftertaste of dark plum, dark chocolate, liquorice and spice.
Drink over the next 2-3 years (2010-2013)
Schild’s entry-level Shiraz has all of the stuffing of a blue-chip bottling, but sells for a fraction of the price of other brands. The winery is able to achieve this because it’s one of the largest independent growers in the Barossa, with more than 400 acres under vine. Winemakers Jo Irvine and Scott Hazeldine used grapes from the cooler southern Barossa to produce this polished and complex red that was aged in both new and used American oak.
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. Drink now through 2020.
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