Schwarz Nitschke Block Shiraz
Schwarz Wine Co.
Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley

This Bethany vineyard was planted by Jason Schwarz's parents in 1968 and has been tended to by the hands of his family ever since. The vines are dry-grown and produce small crops of intensely flavored fruit.

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 flavorsome, long and with mouth-coating tannin for a very textured, very focused Barossa classic.

Barossa Valley
Wine Type
100% Shiraz
Age of vines
52 years
Soil type
Dark loam over brown clay.
Handpicked and fermented on skins with wild yeast. 29% whole-bunch fermented. Foot stomped and basket pressed into new and seasoned French oak puncheons and hogshead barrels. A Vegan friendly wine with no fining or filtration.
450 (9-liter cases)

Slow cooked beef ribs, grilled meats, wild game and grilled vegetables.

Reviews and News

2020 Schwarz Nitschke Block Shiraz - 92 PTS - JS

2020 Schwarz Nitschke Block Shiraz - 92 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"A dark-fruited, savory shiraz with a compact and intense core of cracked pepper, tar, roasted herbs, black plums, black olives and blueberries. The tannins are seamlessly integrated. Creamy and full-bodied, yet with elegance. Drink or hold. Screw cap."

- James Suckling (October 2022), 92 pts

2018 Schwarz Nitschke Block Shiraz - 96 PTS - HWC

2018 Schwarz Nitschke Block Shiraz - 96 PTS - HWC

halliday logo"All the good stuff: dry-grown and fermented under the aegis of wild yeast; a smattering of whole-bunch seasoning (25%), French oak (20% new), conferring poise, freshness and authority. As far as Barossa shiraz goes, this is benchmark. Plush but nicely taut. A stream of boysenberry fruit and violet scents sashay to a samba of thyme, tapenade and smoked meats, nicely avoiding any sense of reduction, or clunky jam. This is smart. Very. - Ned Goodwin"

- Halliday Wine Companion (August 2020), 96 pts

Producer Information: Schwarz Wine Co.

Jason Schwarz came to winemaking via a circuitous path. While he grew up surrounded by vines at his parent’s property in Bethany, he initially studied wine marketing at the University ...
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