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.
Upon purchasing the Three Springs property in 1952, Ben Schild transformed the land into a mixed farm with a focus on sustainable viticulture and planted the seed that would one day become Schild Estate.
Sourced from a carefully selected single vineyard parcel in the hills overlooking Lyndoch, this wine has been created as a fitting tribute to the man that started the family’s long association with viticulture and winemaking in the Barossa.
The 2009 vintage was fermented in small open fermenters before being matured in a combination of French, American and Hungarian oak for 24 months and then undergoing a further 24 months maturation in bottle prior to release.
Despite some early heat during January, the remainder of the 2009 harvest was characterized by cooler than expected temperatures. This allowed vines to recover, complete veraison and for the fruit to ripen slowly ensuring that a number of the resulting wines, show characteristics often more associated with a cooler year. Chief amongst these are a surprising level of balance, finer structure and some intense perfume and aromatics.
Colour: Deep, dark purple.
Bouquet: An intense creamy perfume of lifted violets and blue fruits.
Palate: Vibrant fruit flavours of blueberry crumble and dark plums show clearly in the mouth along with hints of restrained black pepper spice and cardamom. These are framed by a fine soft tannin framework which provides structure and direction before finishing with notes of lifted fruit perfume and a hint of well integrated oak.
Cellaring: Drink to 2019.
Winemakers: Scott Hazeldine and Alex MacClelland.