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Wine Companion Mag
Just as the last basket press was being loaded we got word of an awesome James Halliday review for the 2010 Schiller Shiraz. We kept the news quiet until the June/July edition of the Wine Companion Magazine (http://www.winecompanion.com.au/wine-essentials/magazine) hit the shelves, but we’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen ever since…

2010 SCHILLER SHIRAZ
96 points. Cellar to 2040.
James Halliday’s Top Cellaring Selections
“A precious eight rows of 400 vines planted 130 years ago were snatched from the jaws of the bulldozers, the reprieve now permanent, and provided 1550 bottles/120 dozen of this wine. It takes full-bodied to another level with the intensity and complexity of its flavours (not its alcohol), which encompass black fruits, tar, earth, licorice, bramble and anything else you acre to find.”
It’s a great accolade for Jason and a thoroughly-deserved recognition for his efforts to stop these ancestor vines being pulled out and this patch of dirt being planted to another variety. Luckily, Jason was on hand to convince the Schiller family to hang on to the eight rows.

MORE WINE REVIEWS…
James Halliday hasn’t been the only writer to recommend the Schwarz wines, in the past few days Queensland-based wine writer Jeremy Pringle jumped on board the Dust Kicker red wine bandwagon, saying “these entry-level wines from the Schwarz Wine Company are well worth a look at the price”.
Here’s more detail from Jeremy’s blog Wine Will Eat Itself (http://winewilleatitself.com/) …

2010 THE DUST KICKER SHIRAZ
90 points
Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself
“Generous but not heavy, with dusty fruits – satsuma plums, blackcurrants and blueberries, licorice and Xmas spices. A hint of orange rind. Beefy and supple with some rich dark chocolate shavings in the mix. You can feel and taste the oak but it isn’t overplayed. It has shape and a bit of length. Grippy, grainy tannins are a feature on the finish. They give you something to hold on to.”

2010 THE DUST KICKER GSM
90 points
Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself
“A notch above medium-bodied and very smart for the price. Blackberry and boysenberry with red fruited highlights. Salted licorice and Asian spice. Generous sweet flavour up-front with earth and tarry chocolate oak kicking in on the mid-palate where it begins to take an increasingly savoury turn. Good length and ripe, fine tannin. Approachable but not lacking in substance or interest. Has both verve and structure. Easy to recommend.”

There was also international attention from Wine Spectator’s (http://www.winespectator.com/) current edition. This is what Harvey Steiman wrote…

2010 NITSCHKE BLOCK SHIRAZ
90 points
Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator 31 May 2013
“Shows density and depth, with welcoming flavors of ripe blackberry, dark plum and spice that linger on the open-texture finish. Drink now through 2020. 600 cases made.”

It’s great to have some reviewer feedback to confirm what we already knew… Jason is making some beautiful wine!