Schwarz The Schiller Shiraz
Schwarz Wine Co.
Australia - South Australia - Barossa Valley

The Schiller Shiraz is a wine rich in both flavor and history. The 400 Shiraz vines planted by Carl August Otto Schiller in 1881 are something to be treasured. Earmarked for bulldozers in 2006, a last minute reprieve would see these Ancestor vines remain in the ground. The grapes are hand-picked from the sixth generation Schiller family vineyard at Hallett Valley in the Barossa. Jason first made this wine in 2008, and since then it has been his flagship wine.

Opens quickly to luxe fruits, black plum & fruits of the forest, building in layers of toasty smoked bacon, tobacco leaf and Mediterranean herbs with nuances of spice and earthy tones. A luxurious palate of old vine fruits, savory overtones and fine slippery tannins. A long harmonious finish.

Barossa Valley
Wine Type
100% Shiraz
Age of vines
140 years old
Soil type
Dark loam over limestone
The 400 Schiller vineyard vines are all handpicked. All the fruit is destemmed and rotated into two small fermenters. Lids and seals are applied and stored in the cool room to cold macerate for four days until fermentation started from wild yeast. Soft pump overs occurs for the next ten days until they are dry then the lids are re-applied to allow the wine to extract all the goodness out of the skins. Both fermenters are basket pressed 2 months after harvest and kept separate in tanks. Once the wines has gone through ML they were racked to wood with 50% being new French oak and the other 50% seasoned French oak. The wine is blended almost 2 years after being harvested and bottled a few weeks later. No fining or filtration, Vegan friendly.
178 (9-liter cases)

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2020 Schwarz The Schiller Shiraz - 91 PTS - Cellar Selection - WE

2020 Schwarz The Schiller Shiraz - 91 PTS - Cellar Selection - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts

- Wine Enthusiast (December 2023, Best of Year issue), 91 pts

2018 Schwarz The Schiller Shiraz - 92 PTS - JS

2018 Schwarz The Schiller Shiraz - 92 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"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."

- James Suckling (September 2020), 92 pts

2018 Schwarz The Schiller Shiraz - 90 PTS - WE

2018 Schwarz The Schiller Shiraz - 90 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 90 pts"From a small parcel of 140-year-old Shiraz vines, this small-batch premium wine offers a heady perfume of ripe berry and plum fruit backed by licorice, baking spice, florals and subtle dried-meat nuances. It shows a good lick of cola-like oak influence too. The palate is powerful, with silky fruit, lifted acidity and chalky, drying tannins. The heat from the alcohol can be felt, as can the oak. Drink now–2028. - Christina PICKARD"

- Wine Enthusiast Magazine (December 2021), 90 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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