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2014 Schwarz Wine Company Nitschke Block Shiraz

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

The wine itself is a compact little number showing smells of dark fruits, earthy spices and coffee on the nose. The palate is quite butch with black, fleshy fruits, loads of spice and meatiness, coupled with fine, talcy tannins, and a dry, decent finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Vintage 2014: The 2014 vintage in the Barossa was brought on early by a dry finish to winter and more dry spring weather. 100ml of rain in mid-February allowed fruit to replenish and ripen evenly.

Bouquet: Attractively spiced aromatic showing concentrated red maraschino, cherry and aniseed.

Palate: The palate shows a brilliant red plum and exaggerated finely ground Christmas spices. An elegant expression of Barossa Shiraz.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2014 Schwarz Wine Company Nitschke Block Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2014 Vintage) says
Barossa shiraz. Wild fermented. Whole bunches. Basket pressed. Bottled unfiltered. From a vineyard at Bethany, planted circa 1968 – one of the great years in world history. This is a purposeful red, sturdy, earthen, savoury and yet flooded with deep blackberry and tar, almost into molasses. There’s more than a little floral lift, viognier-esque, with roasted/toasty characters playing in harmony with the darkness of the fruit. Everything here is in a good, firm, neat, flavour-rich place. Very good/excellent.
2017 - 2029+
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Vivid purple-crimson; riotously full-bodied, with juicy blackberry nip, licorice and dark chocolate fruit flavours, yet the tannins are modest, the oak likewise with a small footprint. Lovely stuff.
To 2035
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Deep crimson-purple; from 40-year-old family-owned, dry-grown vines, showing that a medium-bodied wine can be made to showcase the Barossa Valley without massive alcohol and/ or American oak; lovely dark berry and spice flavours are one part, balance and mouthfeel the other. 130 dozen made.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Deep colour; a rich, full-bodied densely textured shiraz with blackberry, satsuma plum, licorice and mocha flavours and aromas supported by ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A heady wine, with confit black fruit and licorice; terrific concentration, and a full throttle whack of fruit on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Intense purple-red; floods the mouth with full-on confit black fruits, sufficiently luscious to largely carry the alcohol; heroic style, but a good one, particularly in 20 years or so.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007

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