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*