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The family Grenache block on Thiele Road in Bethany remains one of Jason's favourite blocks. The Thiele Road Grenache was the second wine made by Jason Schwarz and celebrates his love of this diverse variety. The gnarled, old vines were planted in 1941 and they produce fantastic fruit. Variety: 100% Grenache Vintage: 2018 Region: Barossa Valley Alcohol: 14.3% Production: 280 dozen Bottled: December 2019 "Thiele Road Grenache always displays a thoughtful side to this historic Barossa variety, and the 2018 vintage is no exception. This shows strawberry compote, dried raspberry, fennel, thyme, baking spices and apricot, with a gravelly minerality and some baked terracotta for balance. Seriously flavoured, with spices sewn throughout the red fruits and a satisfying pliancy to the tannins" *Tasting notes written by Christian Canala at Vinify Wine Co* Download tasting notes
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. Variety: 100% Shiraz Vintage: 2018 Region: Barossa Valley Alcohol: 14.3 % Production: 434 dozen Bottled: December 2019 "This vintage of the seminal Nitschke Shiraz no doubt showed the exceptional quality of 2018 Shiraz. A display of the purest blood-plum and black cherry, with cracked black peppercorn and streaky bacon over some seriously fine oak. Some subtle herbaceous qualities, nettle and thyme bring life to an otherwise immense nose. Very juicy on the palate, deeply flavoursome, long and with mouth-coating tannin for a very textured, very focussed Barossa classic" *Tasting notes written by Christian Canala at Vinify Wine Co* Download tasting notes
This Shiraz, from 400 vines planted in 1881 is Barossa history in a bottle. Hand-picked from the vineyard still managed by the sixth-generation of the Schiller family, only 2100 bottles have been produced. An intensely dark coloured Shiraz with a complex array of aromatics - black cherry and dark plum, star anise and cinnamon framed around well managed French oak. "Innately complex with nuances of spice and earth to the ripe red-plum and berry aromas here. The palate has deep blueberry, spiced-biscuit and fig flavors. Long, soulful tannin structure. Ripe, long finish. From a parcel of just 400 vines, planted in 1881. Drink or hold. Screw cap." Nick Stock, Suckling (4 Stars, 92 points)
An opulent wine showing the hallmarks of very well handled old-vine Barossa Shiraz, the thing that strikes about the 2018 Schiller is the mass of savoury, roasted meat characters, spices and black plum with aniseed and a run through of vanilla milk chocolate. Certainly up to the ageing task, though this year the Shiller is particularly approachable on the palate, the tannins openly knit, weaving together plenty of sweet dark fruit *Tasting notes written by Christian Canala at Vinify Wine Co* Download tasting notes