Schwarz Wine Co. Chenin Blanc

2018 Schwarz Chenin Blanc

The Real Review  – Huon Hooke, 13 October 2018

Light straw colour; the aromas green-leafy, grassy, basic and straightforward, with a little cut radish, and a dry balance and crisp finish of modest length.

Rated: 85 Points  |  Alcohol: 11.5%  |  Drink: 2018 – 2020

Wine Orbit  – Sam Kim, November 2018

Restrained and elegant, the bouquet shows lemon peel, apple and dried herb characters with a subtle smoky nuance. The palate is focused and linear, delivering delicate fruit intensity and purity, backed by vibrant acidity, finishing persistent and mouth-watering

Rated: 92 Points | Drink: Now – 2025

2017 Schwarz Chenin Blanc

The Wine Front – Gary Walsh, 27 October 2017.

Ah the simple pleasures like tasting Chenin Blanc of a Friday afternoon. Some sulphur/struck match, very racy and tangy wine, almost like lemon juice in water, with a smokiness, tight acidity and a dry and tart finish of ok length. Neutral dry white of low alcohol is the thing, though it may take shape with a bit of bottle age.

Rated: 87+ Points  |  Alcohol: 11%  |  Drink: 2018 – 2022+

The Real Review – Huon Hooke, 27 October 2017

Very light, bright yellow colour with a piercing mineral, smoky, crushed-rock and faintly herbal aroma. A minty suggestion of oak emerged later. In the mouth it’s rather high-acid and lean, crisp and tart, light-bodied and rapier-like, dry as a drought-parched bone, and the finish is almost alarmingly tart, but also appetite-stimulating.

Rated: 88/100 – 3 bronze stars

2019 Halliday Wine Companion – Steven Creber

Lemony aromas with a little sulphide/struck match evident. Looking deeper, you can see some emerging green apple and honey characters which will most likely be more prominent with a bit more time in the bottle. At present it’s pretty lean with mostly citrus flavours and quite brisk acidity through the palate. Interesting to see how it develops.

Rated: 89/100

Schwarz Wine Co. Rosé

2018 Schwarz Rosé

The Winefront – Gary Walsh, 14 January 2019

Now in a Burgundy bottle. Grenache and Mataro here.

Attractive perfume, spicy and floral, red fruits and a subtle earthiness. Powdery and pretty, blood orange and strawberry, spicy and fresh to close. Gentle, but persuasive charm. Beauty.

Rated : 94 Points | Alcohol : 13% | Closure : Screwcap | Drink : 2019 – 2022

 Q Wine Review – 24 October 2018

A crowd pleaser from top to toe. It looks, feels and tastes oh so good. Chill it, throw it under your arm and find a shady spot before you roll out the picnic rug and cut loose.

I feel as though I am sitting atop the stagecoach of happiness as I sip on this beauty. A blend of Grenache and Mataro, the brief has been nailed with the copper appearance and bone dry finish. Red apple skin, red berries and currants stride out comfortably with watermelon husk in hot pursuit. Dry herbs nip in before a creamy drive pins everything down onto solid foundations riding long and deliciously persistent. A fab Rosé.

Rated: 93/100

Wine Orbit – Sam Kim, November 2018

Restrained and elegant, the bouquet shows lemon peel, apple and dried herb characters with a subtle smoky nuance. The palate is focused and linear, delivering delicate fruit intensity and purity, backed by vibrant acidity, finishing persistent and mouth-watering

Rated: 93/100 | Drink: Now

2017 Schwarz Rosé

The Real Review – Huon Hooke, 5 November 2017

Light to medium, youthful pink colour and a crushed seashell, peppery aroma, very savoury and not at all grapey. It’s the same on the tongue, crisp and dry, savoury and non-grapey, with pleasant balance and a slightly tangy aftertaste.

Rated: 84/100

2019 Halliday Wine Companion – Steven Creber –  1 April 2018

Dry grown grenache planted in ’68 on the family vineyard. Red fruit aromas on the bouquet, strawberry and cherry if you had to choose, a touch of rose petal, not too ripe or sweet. Quite subdued in flavour, more about freshness and texture really. Has nice mouthfeel and length on the palate but with a lightness of touch.

Rated: 90/100

Schwarz Wine Co. GSM

2017 Schwarz GSM

The Wine Front – Gary Walsh, 28 November 2018

A winery that often presents a lighter shade of the Barossa Valley.

Spice, dried herb, juicy red fruits, a little stalk in with the red liquorice. Fresh, sappy and spicy, red fruits, some tang and orange peel bitterness, cherry and red fruits and a bright finish, tinged with herbs and good length. Tasty.

Rated: 92 Points  |  Alcohol: 14%  |  Drink: 2018 – 2024+

Wine Orbit – Sam Kim,  November 2018

It is splendidly perfumed on the nose showing mixed berry compote, dark plum, violet, thyme and toasted almond characters with a touch of gamey complexity. The palate is succulent and plump, displaying excellent weight and intensity, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and supple tannins, leading to a lingering delectable finish.

Rated: 94 Points  |  Drink: Now – 2023

2016 Schwarz GSM

The Wine Front – Gary Walsh, 16 October 2017

Invariably one of the best (drinking) Barossa GSM, at least for my tastes. Cherry, raspberry, spice, floral too, liquorice, but a little sooty/earthy too, which grounds it beautifully. Medium bodied, juicy purple flavoured wine, with a just the right amount of tannin grip, succulence and savoury. Finish is fresh and long. Delightful.

Rated: 93 Points  |  Alcohol: 13.8%  |  Drink: 2017 – 2024

2019 Halliday Wine Companion – Campbell Mattinson – 1 January 2018

Slinky texture and although medium weight, there’s enough volume here to satisfy just about everyone. Red and black berries run the show before anise and chocolate flavours step forward and fancy it up. The finish then bursts with spice. Well played on all fronts.

Rated: 93/100  |  Alcohol: 13.8%  |  Drink: 2017 – 2024

2015 Schwarz GSM

The Winefront – Campbell Mattinson, 20 January 2017

Barossa blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. 1400 dozen. Grown on various vineyards around the Barossa. You have to admire the way this wine presents. It’s earthen and spicy, with redcurrant running through, and yet it’s pure silk in terms of mouthfeel. Ultra modern in many ways and yet the fruit and earth does all the talking; it’s just as apt to call it ultra traditional. Tannin curls freely through the back half of the wine. Graphite and clove notes makes cameo appearances. It’s all so very well done.

Rated : 92 Points  |  Alcohol : 13.6%  |  Drink : 2017 – 2022

Schwarz Wine Co. Shiraz

2017 Schwarz Shiraz

The Real Review – Huon Hooke,  11 January 2019

Deep red colour with a good purple tint and a fresh, sweet-berry aroma seemingly reflecting a little whole-bunch fermentation in the mix. The wine is medium to full-bodied and well supplied with tannins, which add a chewy aspect to the texture. The flavours are very appealing: lots of cassis and sweet mulberry. The fruit does most of the talking. Very good wine and real value.

Alcohol: 13.9% | Rated: 91 Points  | Ranked: 7 of 30 tasted (Silver)

The Wine Front  – Campbell Mattinson,  4 March 2019

Barossa shiraz from a range of vineyards around the region.

Fresh. Aromatic. Energetic. You have to admire the way this wine has been presented. It’s as much savoury and woodsy as it is and fruity, and while it shows vigour at every turn it never seems either pushy or tryhard. Like this. It’s good.

Rated : 91 Points  | Drink:  2020-2026

Wine Orbit – Sam Kim,  November 2018

The wine offers gorgeous fruit richness and intensity, showing lifted aromas of blackberry, plum, vanilla, mixed spice and hazelnut on the nose, followed by a concentrated palate that is supple and mouthfilling. It is opulent and plush, while remaining wonderfully balanced and structured, leading to a persistent silky finish.

Rated : 94 Points  | Drink: 2019- 2027

2016 Schwarz Shiraz

The Wine Front – Campbell Mattinson, 4 December 2017.

Barossa Shiraz from a range of vineyards around the region. It’s a substantial red wine with fruit – rather than oak – to the fore. It’s a pure expression of Shiraz in a Barossa landscape. It tastes of coal and blackberry jam, campfire and cloves, but it’s that hearty hit of blackberried – tinged with raspberry – fruit that really characterises it. It’s a faultless Shiraz, from all angles.

Rated : 93 Points  | Alcohol : 13.9%  |  Drink : 2018 – 2025+

Wine Orbit – Sam Kim, March 2018

Deeply coloured and intensely aromatic, the bouquet shows black/blueberry, cranberry, violet, cocoa and warm spice aromas. The palate is concentrated and beautifully weighted, delivering pristine fruit flavours together with subtle savoury nuances, brilliantly supported by fleshy mouthfeel and silky texture. A gorgeous rendition offering fruit richness as well as elegance and grace. At its best: now to 2024. AU$30.00.

Rated: 94 points –  5 stars

2019 Halliday Wine Companion – James Halliday – 1 August 2018

A diminutive, lightweight bottle and minimalist, clean-cut label, are a quiet opening for a fresh, juicy black cherry and blackberry bouquet and palate. It has the hallmark Schwarz freshness and elegance.

Rated: 93/100

2015 Schwarz Shiraz

The Winefront – Campbell Mattinson, 23 January 2017

They make about 1000 dozen of this and, as they say in the classics, it goes all right. If you like Barossa shiraz (and reds in general) Schwarz should definitely be on your shopping list. It’s smooth as silk. It’s substantial and yet not at all overdone; it sits at the upper end of medium-weight. It offers dark, roasted, blackberry-earth-coffee flavours but it remains fresh. There’s a coal-like, clovey character to the nose and then a juicy run of berried flavour on the palate. It suggested at a graphite-like savouriness but generally holds true to berried fruit, aided by a slip of licorice. It’s a modern expression of the Barossa without getting too high falutin’ about it. It’s very nicely done.

Rated : 92 Points   |  Alcohol : 14.1%  |  Drink : 2017 – 2024

Schwarz Wine Co. META Grenache

2017 Meta Grenache

The Wine Front – Campbell Mattinson, November 2017

Hand picked, wild yeast, 91% whole bunches, unfined, unfiltered. 2650 bottles made. From Bethany and Marananga. That’s a whole lot of whole bunch. It shows in the wine. It hits you with smoky, nutty, spicy flavour, challengingly so, though it then backs it with Turkish delight and pure plum flavours. It yells at you but then lets you off easy. It does though remain grabby and light. It looks a little murky in the glass, which I don’t mind at all. This is grenache as food. Pulpy, savoury, smoked. You wouldn’t think it’s to everyone’s taste but who cares. It works.

Rated : 92 Points  |  Alcohol : 13.8%  |  Drink : 2017 – 2024+

2017 Meta Grenache

The Real Review – Huon Hooke, 26 November 2017

Bright, light to medium purple/red colour with a spicy, stemmy complexity of aromas. It’s light to medium-bodied and soft on the tongue, deliciously slurpable and easy at this tender age. The wine is very spicy and yet not harshly peppery, but deliciously flavoursome and soft.

Rated: 91/100

Schwarz Wine Co. META Mataro

2017 Meta Mataro

The Wine Front – Campbell Mattinson, 2 November 2017

Hand picked, wild yeast, 20% whole bunches, unfined, unfiltered. 2130 bottles made. Wine worth crowing about. Mountain herbs, graphite, peppercorn and spice notes come at least in lock-step, if not ahead of, blackberry and plum, leather and earth flavours. It’s different, in a good way. It’s fresh and complex, more-ish and highly engaging. Weight doesn’t really come into it but there’s more than enough here. Refreshing feel to it just puts another tick on the positive side of the ledger.

Rated : 93 Points  |  Drink : 2018 – 2025+

2019 Halliday Wine Companion – James Halliday – 1 August 2018

Hand-picked, wild-fermented with 20% whole bunches, unfined/unfiltered, 177 dozen made. Shows how much flavour can be achieved at lower than conventional alcohol levels, resulting in fresh, vibrant varietal fruit, a juicy mix of raspberry and blood plum, the tannins sufficient but no more.

Rated: 95/100

2016 Meta Mataro

The Adelaide Review – Dave Brookes , January 17 2017

The 2015 rendition of this gorgeous, slurpy little Barossan beauty slid effortlessly into the top 10 of this year’s Hot 100 Wines. This, the newly released 2016 model, also peaks the drinkability meter and will provide much enjoyment over the summer months.

Mourvedre, Monastrell or, as we call it in this neck of the woods, Mataro, is a sexy little beast. All too often in the past it was blended away, part of the famous GSM phenomena you see, but considering the incredible stock of old Mataro vines we have here in South Australia, that seems a bit silly and it’s nice to see so many proud, straight Mataros now gracing shelves in wine stores and appearing on wine lists.

Hand–picked with wild yeast and some whole bunches in the ferment, it’s a wild–eyed little thing that possesses an uncanny ability to convince you to keep refilling your glass. Don’t be afraid to pop it in the fridge to take the edge off on a hot day (we do tend to drink our wines too warm considering our weather patterns).

It is vibrant red/purple in the glass with juicy aromas of plums and dark summer berry fruits along with higher tones of macerated raspberries and red cherry. It’s deeply dredged with spice and you’ll find hints of violets, roasting meats, freshly turned earth, dark chocolate and cocoa powder.

There is a lovely purity to the fruit on the palate, glossy, vibrant and perfumed. It’s definitely at the lighter end of medium–bodied but that is just perfect for this ravenous wine–drinker. Fruit–packed, spicy and bright with plenty of character, it should be the wine you grab as you light the barbie.


2016 Meta Mataro

The Wine Front – Gary Walsh, 7 December 2016

Love the packaging on these wines, and in particular this META range. It’s an interesting turn of events to be releasing a Mataro in the same year as its birth! Saucy spices, cinch of stalk and smoke, blackberry and boysenberry. Medium bodied, grainy and stalky, but with nutty and plump bramble fruit, cool acidity and a pleasant spray of amaro herbs in the aftertaste. Lovely wine. Good now, likely better later.

Rated : 92+ Points  |  Alcohol : 14.1%  |  Drink : 2017 – 2026

Schwarz Wine Co. META Shiraz

2017 Meta Shiraz

The Real Review – Huon Hooke, 9 January 2019

Deep, dark red/purple colour with a toasty, roasty, smoky bouquet, which has an earthy char-oak overtone. Rich dark berry and dark plum flavours underneath. The wine is rich and fruit-sweet, charmingly succulent and supple. A delicious Shiraz.

Rated : 92 Points  |  Alcohol : 14%  |  Ranked : 3 out of 30 tasted (Silver)

2016 Meta Shiraz

The Wine Front – Campbell Mattinson, 1 November 2017

Hand picked, wild yeast, 25% whole bunches, unfined, unfiltered. 2850 bottles made. From Stonewell, Moppa and the Eden Valley. A touch of coffee-like flavour but it’s essentially fruit-driven and bold, its heart of blackberry wrapped in chicory and liquorice. Mouth-filling but mannered. Supple tannin draws the strings in a casual manner. Fruit really is to the fore from start to finish. The door isn’t closed; Barossa shiraz is open for viewing, and on clear display.

Rated : 92 Points  |  Alcohol : 14.3%  |  Drink : 2018 – 2026+

2019 Halliday Wine Companion – James Halliday – 1 Augustt 2018

Hand-picked from Stone Well, Moppa (Barossa Valley) and the Eden Valley, wild-fermented with 25% whole bunches, not fined or filtered. Highly aromatic, with spicy/tangy whole bunch aromas, the full-bodied palate ticks all the boxes, with powdery tannins dusting the seductive black fruits. Overall line, length and balance spot on.

Rated: 95/100

The Real Review – Huon Hooke, 15 December 2017

Very youthful, bright purple/red colour and a raw, primal aroma of essency, concentrated fruit, which has a borderline overripe note. It stains the glass. A big, ballsy, somewhat unsubtle red with some chewiness in its tannins and a solid grip to finish. It’s not all that elegant but is a very generous mouthful of red wine. It would reward some cellaring.

Rated: 89/100

2015 Meta Shiraz

The Wine Front – Campbell Mattinson, 9 December 2016

Wild yeast, 22% whole bunches, unfined and unfiltered. Shiraz grown in the Stonewell, Eden Valley and Moppa sub-regions. It’s definitely one for the whole bunch brigade. It might only make up 22% of the mix, but the influence is clear and relatively dangerous. Needless to say, it had me more or less swooning from the outset. Nuts, herbs, woodsmoke, strings of greenery – it’s all there. Of course, and all-importantly, there’s a fresh burst of black cherry and blackberry-like fruit flavour too; it has the style, but it also has the substance. Whether or not you think this wine takes things too far will depend on your view of the bunchy style. There’s a screw of dry, slightly bitter, tannin here too, compounding the wine’s in-your-face nature. Personally I think it’s a stand-out red, particularly after a stint in the decanter.

Rated : 94 Points |  Drink : 2018 – 2026+

Schwarz Wine Co. Thiele Road

2017 Thiele Road Grenache

The Real Review – Huon Hooke – 19 February 2019

Medium to light red colour with developed tints as well as vestiges of purple. The bouquet is shy and fumey, smoky, a little animal, and at first seems a little unkempt – short on freshness and fruit. It’s light to medium-bodied and verges on the ethereal: complex, foresty, pot-pourri, dried flowers, and very detailed. An unusual and utterly charming interpretation of Grenache. Succulent sweet fruit: truly a Barossa pinot.

Alcohol: 14.3% | Rated: 95/100 | Ranked: 2 out of 33 tasted (Gold) |  Drink: to 2027

2016 Thiele Road Grenache

2019 Halliday Wine Companion – James Halliday – 1 March 2018

Hand-picked from the family block in Bethany planted ’41, open-fermented with 20% whole bunches, foot-stomped at the end of fermentation and left on skins for a further 15 days, basket-pressed to used French puncheons and a small tank, bottled Oct ’17. Very light, clear crimson; this is Barossa Valley grenache on its best behaviour, with a glorious abundance of sweet red fruits in a gossamer net of the finest tannins. It emphatically doesn’t show any sign of underripe fruit. A wine for rejoicing.

Rated: 96/100 |  Drink by: 2026

2015 Thiele Road Grenache

The Winefront – Campbell Mattinson, 20 January 2016

From a block planted in 1941. Open fermented (wild), most of it de-stemmed but 15% included as whole bunches. Extended maceration by virtue of the fact that the ferment was unhurried. All into French oak thereafter. This is such a bright wine. So lively. It tastes of cherries, oranges, dry spices and undergrowth, the flow and flavour all working quite beautifully. It’s a mouth-watering red. It has savoury complexity but it’s really about juicy fruit. It’s the kind of wine you just want to hook into.

Rated : 91 Points  |  Alcohol : 14%  |  Drink : 2017 – 2022+

Schwarz Wine Co. Nitschke Block Shiraz

2017 Nitschke Block Shiraz

The Real Review – Huon Hooke, 9 January 2019

Deep, dark red/purple, a concentrated wine with a funky sulfide-dominated bouquet. There are jammy overripe fruit overtones, too. The wine might benefit from decanting and aeration. The palate is very fruit-sweet, slightly jammy, and energised by strident acidity. The tannins are rough-hewn and forceful. It’s a big, opulent, almost fat wine, and just a little lacking in shape.

Rated : 89 Points  |  Alcohol : 14.2%  |  Ranked : 21 out of 30 (Bronze)

2016 Nitschke Block Shiraz

Wine Companion – James Halliday – 1 August 2018

The vineyard was planted in ’68 by Jason Schwarz’s’ parents in the Bethany district, wild-fermented with 25% whole bunches, lengthy maceration, basket-pressed, matured in French oak (25% new). The bouquet is compelling, with a spice and fresh leather overlay to the black fruits. It is medium-bodied, fresh and lively, the oak and whole bunches introducing elements not common in the Barossa Valley, and protected by modest alcohol. A good outcome for the vintage.

Rated : 95 Points  |  Alcohol : 14%  |  Drink : 2017 – 2030

2015 Nitschke Block Shiraz

 Wine Companion – James Halliday, 1 August 2017

The vines were planted by Jason Schwarz’s parents in ’68. Picked in two portions, the first 14 Feb, 20% whole bunches, wild yeast open-fermented, 25 days on skins, matured in French hogsheads (25% new); the second picked 24 Feb, 25% whole bunches, 20 days on skins, matured in one new French hogsheads and puncheon, the bunches foot-stomped at the end of fermentation. Sophisticated winemaking, the only question the amount of French oak apparent now, but will regress with more time in bottle.

Rated: 95/100  |  Drink by: 2035

Schwarz Wine Co. Schiller Shiraz

2016 The Schiller Shiraz

The Wine Front – Mike Bennie, January 2018

Schilling is such a retro-sounding word but has such contemporary relevance, especially in the world of online/social media ‘influencers’. Nice fit there. A mere 400 vines contribute to this wine.

Sweet currants and brambly berry scents, a touch of anise, panforte. Nice start. Palate is more of the panforte and berry coulis kind of vibe, lovely smooth ride too. Soft finish, gentle sweetness, perky, fresh finish. Well composed easy drinking style.

Rated : 91 Points  |   Drink : 2018 – 2026

The Real Review – Huon Hooke, January 2018

Deepish red colour with a tint of purple and a spicy aroma. Cinnamon. Some funky, whole-bunchy nuances. The palate is youthful, firm and tight, with ample grip to close. Elegant wine: seems like higher country material.

Rated : 90 Points  |   Drink : 2018 – 2036

2015 The Schiller Shiraz

The Wine Front – Campbell Mattinson, 1 June 2017

I’d like a glass of the Schwarz Schiller Shiraz please. Try saying that once you’ve had a couple. It’s grown on just 400 vines, rescued from the bulldozer, planted in 1881. GW wasn’t so keen on the 2014 but personally, I loved it. I love this 2015 as much or more. It’s a bold Shiraz but it remains fresh and, more to the point, tremendously smooth in a seductive way. Barossa Shiraz for lovers of Barossa Shiraz. Redcurrant, plum and blackberry meet caramel, earth and coal. It’s seamless, it’s delicious, it’s satisfying. Right up there for quality.

Rated : 94 Points  |  Alcohol : 14.5%  |  Drink : 2018 – 2032+

2019  Halliday Wine Companion – Campbell Mattinson – 1 October 2017

Made from a mere 400 vines, planted in 1881. It’s a hearty, deep-set, seductive wine with freshness kept paramount. It slinks along the tongue in satiny fashion, runs with the flavours of redcurrant, blackberry, coal and caramel, and trails impressively out through an extended finish. Barossa shiraz in all its glory. Straps of flavour-drenched tannin will help ensure a very long future.

Rated: 96/100