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Reviews 2018-05-03T00:26:23+00:00

Schwarz Wine Co. Chenin Blanc

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+

2017 Schwarz Chenin Blanc

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 sugestion 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

Schwarz Wine Co. Rosé

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

2017 Schwarz Rosé

Wine Companion – Stephen 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 points

Schwarz Wine Co. GSM

2016 Schwarz GSM

Gary Walsh – Wine Front, 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

2016 Schwarz GSM

Campbell Mattinson – James Halliday Wine Companion, 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 Points  |  Alcohol: 13.8%  |  Drink: 2017 – 2024

2015 Schwarz GSM

Campbell Mattinson – The Winefront, 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

2016 Schwarz Shiraz

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+

2016 Schwarz Shiraz

Sam Kim – Wine Orbit

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. www.schwarzwineco.com.au. March 2018

Rated: 94 points –  5 stars

2015 Schwarz Shiraz

Campbell Mattinson – The Winefront, 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

Huon Hooke – The Review Review, 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+

2017 Meta Mataro

Huon Hooke – The Review Review, 3 December 2017

Deep, youthful red/purple colour. The bouquet is fresh and vibrant, youthful and berry-like, with splendidly ripe fruit and oodles of charm. Mouth-watering acidity completes the picture. Delicious wine, vital and so alive.

Rated: 92/100

2016 Meta Mataro

Dave Brookes – The Adelaide Review, 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

Gary Walsh – The Wine Front, 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

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+

2016 Meta Shiraz

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

Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front, 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

2016 Thiele Road Grenache

James Halliday – Wine Companion, 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 points  |  Drink by: 2026

2015 Thiele Road Grenache

Campbell Mattinson – The Winefront, 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

2015 Nitschke Block Shiraz

Campbell Mattinson – The Winefront, 20 January 2017

From a vineyard planted in 1968. Wild yeast fermented with whole bunches, basket pressed, bottled unfiltered. It’s a nutty shiraz with herbs strewn throughout; whole-bunches have had a clear impact, though they certainly don’t dominate. We’re otherwise straight into earth, black cherry, leather and cocoa territory, a subtle note of animale blending in nicely with those nut/herb/fennel characters. Tannin rumbles through the finish. Oak adds a gentle toastiness. It’s mid-weight and well-polished but has just enough darkness, and attitude. It’s all quite exemplary – especially once given a chance to breathe.

Rated : 93 Points  |  Alcohol : 14.2%  |  Drink : 2017 – 2025+

2015 Nitschke Block Shiraz

 James Halliday – Wine Companion, 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 points  |  Drink by: 2035

Schwarz Wine Co. Schiller Shiraz

2015 The Schiller Shiraz

Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front, 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+

2015 The Schiller Shiraz

James Halliday Wine Companion

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 points