The Nitschke Road Shiraz block was planted by my mother and father in 1968 in Bethany near the base of the Eastern Barossa Range. The vineyard is still pruned and picked by hand and the soils of loam over brown and red clays results in a wine of considerable concentration and drive.
Rich, opulent fruit is the reoccurring theme with this vineyard and it always seems to show great balance and texture year in, year out.
The Nitschke Block Shiraz was the first wine made by Jason Schwarz back in 2001.
Single-vineyard shiraz from the Nitschke block in Bethany, planted by Jason Schwarz's parents in 1968; wild-yeast ferment and a proportion of whole bunches. An initial blast of ripe macerated plum and cassis characters backed up by hints of olive tapenade, violets, cedar, amaro herbs, earth, licorice, vanilla, baking spices and chocolate-dipped cherries. Broody and resonant on the palate with a deep, dark fruit presence, layers of spice and fine, powdery tannin and a cassis-like finish that shows great sustain.
93 POINTS - Ned Goodwin MW
Wild yeast, whole bunches and old, dry grown vines. The coda of contemporary Barossa. A sweet entry. Red pastille, licorice root and smoked meats. A tannic brood hides this wine's savory tones at first sip. They come with time. A highly aromatic, full-bodied and contemporary expression of Barossan shiraz, crafted very well.