AT SCHILD ESTATE YOU CAN STILL SHAKE HANDS WITH FAMILY MEMBERS FROM THREE GENERATIONS WHO HAVE BECOME THE FAMILY’S HEART.
Schild Estate wines are created with authenticity and passion. From real earth in the Southern Barossa by generations of a family who have made that place their home.
This wine is dedicated to “Alma Schild”, who raised a family of eight children in primitive conditions whilst supporting her husband Ben in establishing the Schild family vineyards and is a testament to her understanding, perseverance and sheer hard work.
Sourced from the family’s finest parcel of Chardonnay off the Moorooroo Vineyard near Rowland Flat, the goal for our winemakers here has been to produce a wine which is varietally strong, retains its element of refreshingness, but possesses interest and complexity for the drinker. Varying degrees of oak barrel and stainless steel use, lees stirring and malolactic fermentation are all used in an effort to make a wine “with no arms and legs sticking out” and in which “Alma Schild” would be proud.
A consistent ripening season with relatively mild temperatures has ensured that the 2012 vintage is seen by many as a particularly strong year for both white and red wines. Good natural acid retention, strong varietal definition and an intense depth of flavour were hallmarks of the year particularly on Chardonnay, but across all white wines. The winemaking focus was then on enhancing, supporting and preserving these without too much interference from us.
Bouquet: Fragrant notes of nectarine and white peaches coupled with more delicate glimpses of floral blossom perfume and hints of nuttiness and spice.
Palate: A expansive, complex mouth feel where vibrant notes of white peaches and nougat have been softened and accentuated by extended lees stirring and a subtle oak framework, which provides just enough control to ensure that element of balance is retained. Clean citrus pith acidity then provides some freshness, drive and length through to the finish.
Cellaring: Drink to 2017
Winemakers: Scott Hazeldine and Alex MacClelland