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.
Schild Estate’s approach to making Chardonnay starts with site selection and vineyard location. It focuses on utilising altitude and the cooler locations of the Barossa Valley to provide acid backbone and tautness along with lower lying valley floor sites to bring fresh intense fruit flavours to the mix.
This delicate balancing act is then supported in this particular style through techniques such as lees stirring to provide texture and body. The goal is to deliver wines that are refreshing with natural fruit flavours at their core and that provide interest to the drinker.
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 particular on Chardonnay, but across all white wines. The winemaking focus was then on preserving these without too much interference.
Colour: Pale Straw.
Bouquet: Intense notes of white florals, ginger, ripe citrus and stone fruits.
Palate: Upfront round, juicy mouth feel with notes of white peach and tropical fruit all held in place by a clean mineral acid framework.
Cellaring: Drink to 2017.
Winemakers: Scott Hazeldine and Alex MacClelland.