Schwarz Wine Co., The Schiller, Shiraz, 2020, Barossa Valley, South Australia

Producer Profile

While not holding any formal qualifications in winemaking, Jason’s appetite for the subject was voracious and he was lucky to learn from some of the Barossa’s finest winemakers until finally, after some encouragement from friends he approached his father to discuss buying a small parcel of the fruit from the 2001 vintage. He agreed and Jason put together his first Nitschke Block Shiraz, making only two hogs head barrels. In 2002 Jason produced his first Thiele Road Grenache and have made both wines every vintage since. To this day Jason’s parents have supported his venture and without their encouragement and the sacrifice of some of the Barossa’s greatest Shiraz and Grenache he could not have made this dream happen.

Relationships with some of the Barossa’s finest vignerons have grown over the years and having access to some of the region’s best old-vine fruit allows Jason to take a hands-off, intuitive approach in the winery.

Jason’s minimal intervention winemaking style enables him to create small-batch wines that are not mainstream – they are new-age expressions of Barossa classics, designed to allow the fruit to speak for itself and tell a story through the glass.

The Schiller Shiraz is a wine rich in both flavour and history. The 400 Shiraz vines planted by Carl August Otto Schiller in 1881 are something to be treasured. Earmarked for bulldozers in 2006, a last-minute reprieve would see these Ancestor vines remain in the ground. The grapes are hand-picked from the sixth generation Schiller Family vineyard at Hallett Valley in the Barossa. Jason first made this wine in 2008, and since then it has been his flagship wine. As you cradle a glass of this Shiraz, cast a thought to the generations of pruners and grape pickers that have trodden these rows over the last 141 years and raise a toast in their honour.

Viticulture

This Shiraz, from 400 vines planted in 1881 is Barossa history in a bottle. Hand-picked from the vineyard still managed by the sixth generation of the Schiller family, only 1,398 bottles have been produced in the 2020 vintage.

Winemaking

The 400 Schiller shiraz vines were hand-picked early morning on March 10th, 2020, chilled a couple of bins overnight to help extend the pre-fermentation maceration and destemmed all the fruit on the following morning into an open fermenter.  Jason then placed a sealed lid on top and allowed the wild yeast to do its thing. Five days later, the lid was removed and gently pumped over the juice which he alternated with hand plunging until the 23rd March. Jason then replaced the lid and seal and allowed maximum flavour extraction from the skins until the 31st March. The skins were then basket pressed to the free run tank and transferred to two new French oak 300 Litre barrels and two seasoned barrels once settled. The Schiller shiraz was then allowed to mature in oak until December 2021 when it was blended into tank and allowed to settle before bottling in February 2022. 1398 bottles produced. No filtration, Vegan friendly

Tasting Note

“Deep-ish red with a strong purple tinge, the aromas herbal/foresty and red-fruited, seems indicative of a cooler site. The wine is medium-full bodied and the tannins slightly chewy and a trifle bitter on the finish. Liberal oak has been employed. Mocha and cocoa-powder.” Huon Hooke, The Real Review

Goes well with

Scotch steak, anchovy & chive butter and potato rosti.

Cellaring

Will continue to improve with careful cellaring for 10-15 years.

Don’t just take our word for it…

“Perfumed nose of dried violets, blackcurrants, peppercorns and cacao. Hazelnuts and sweet spices, too. Creamy and polished, with a full body and velvety tannins. Delicious chocolate and sweet spice on the lengthy finish.” 93 POINTS – James Suckling.com

Features

Varieties:  Shiraz 100%
Colour: Red
ABV: 14.8%
Closure: Screwcap
Style: Still Wine
Case Size: 6 x 75cl
Country: Australia
Region: Barossa Valley
Vintage: 2020
vegansustainable

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    Weight 1 kg