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Schild Estate Grenache Mourvedre Shiraz

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The classic Barossan blend this, coupling (arguably) the three most well suited red grapes to the Barossa together in a classic love match. Schild do the blend rather well too, making for a quite approachable, jubey style with less oak and more red fruit freshness. Rather good value indeed.

Winemaker's Notes

This blend of Grenache (45%), Mourvedre (28%) and Shiraz (27%) is an homage to the great wines of the Southern Rhone but with a very Barossan accent. These three classic red wine varieties are blended to showcase the unique qualities of each whilst ensuring balance, purity of fruit and the utmost drinkability.

Appearance: Dark cherry red , ruby

Nose: Vibrant red fruited aromas fresh cherries, red currant a and raspberries combine with some blue fruit notes upfront before a hint of stony minerality and subtle notes of pepper spice, lavender and garigue herb

Palate: Prominent, pillowy dark berry pastille fruit and some delicate soft tannins ensure an overriding sumptuous velvety feel to the wine. This envelopes a firm Mataro core driving down the middle and out the end of the palate to give some length, an additional layer of interest and provide some containment to the lovely dark fruit.

Alcohol: 14.5%

Cellaring: Drink to 2022.

Winemaking: 2013 saw warm and dry conditions throughout most of growing season, but without any significant periods of severe heat. Yields were low and many red varieties ripened evenly, with great flavour depth and some firm prominent tannins which have softened well during maturation. As a result, many of the wines from the year show great structure and framing when young and look to have the ability to genuinely age well too.

Awards and Accolades

Gold Medal - 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Gold Medal - 2014 Mundus Vini International Wine Awards

Gold Medal - 2014 AWC Vienna

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Schild Estate Grenache Mourvedre Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright colour; attractive Provencal herb bouquet offering highlights of red fruits and licorice; the palate is juicy and generous, finishing dry and savoury, full of herbal complexity.
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A 55/25/20 blend from vines with an average age of 70 years - how can such a wine be sold for $16? It's made without the use of oak, a ploy that enhances the vibrancy of the red cherry, plum and spice flavours; best of all, its alcohol is moderate. A splendid bargain for immediate enjoyment.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Lighter bright red fruit nose here, quite a fresh and lively wine with simple oak and nothing too obtrusive. The palate has a rose petal flavour, really pretty, with some musk and light red fruits; fine tannins. Pretty and approachable.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Peter Forrestal (2008 Vintage) says
This is sourced from 70- to 90-year-old bush vines that are incredibly labour-intensive to prune and to pick. The blend in 2008 is grenache (55%), mataro (mourvedre, 25%) and shiraz (20%). Anyway, the wine is made without oak to emphasise its bright fresh fruit flavours. There's heaps of vibrant, ripe, sweet redcurrant and red cherry flavours, silky smooth almost velvety texture and a gentle, lingering finish. It's straightforward but has a pristine quality that elevates it beyond being just a bloody good drink. It's a remarkable bargain
Quaff 2010 2009
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied, but a good example of Barossa Valley blend of these varieties; juicy berry flavours are not drowned by the alcohol
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Roughly 50% grenache and the rest shared evenly between mataro and shiraz, the nose is superb: bright red berries, cherry and plum fruits, gently spicy and beautifully ripe. Texture is right on the money, soft and swirling, sweet red berry flavours, some darker fruits too, fine supple tannins dealt evenly throughout.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
body for a wine from (average age) 70-year-old vineyards, and dominated by the 55% grenache component; very pleasant, but not as distinguished as it should be.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; fresh, juicy berry fruit; simple structure; 70-year-old vines.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
What a superb quaffer! The Schild family has been growing grapes in the Barossa for more than 50 years and recently began to make wines under its own label. This is vibrant, fresh, spotlessly clean and beautifully balanced. There are heaps of ripe, sweet rasberry, mulberry, brambly flavours, unctuous softness velvety texture and a gentle delicious finish. Drink young.
Quaff 2008 2007
Peter Forrestal (2005 Vintage) says
The second of back-to-back outstanding vintages in the Barossa has produced this easy-drinking red blend that has spicy, brambly flavours, generous, fleshy texture and a gentle grip to finish. Good quaffer.
Quaff 2007 2006
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fresh, light red fruits; minimal tannins; nice summer red. Grenache/Mourvedre/Shiraz.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light to medium-bodied; fresh but polished red and black fruits; nicely ripened ultra-fine tannins; hides 15° alcohol very successfully.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005

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