2012 Schild Estate Grenache Edgar Schild Reserve

Year: 2012
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 91
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
Price :
$29.95

"A sleek red, with black cherry and cranberry flavors riding on superfine tannins, hinting at plum and five-spice powder notes. Drink now. 1,000 cases made. -HS" (WS)

"(made from vines that reportedly range from 90 to 100 years of age): Glass-staining ruby. Pungent red and dark berry aromas unfold slowly with air, picking up floral and Indian spice notes. Coats the palate with sweet black raspberry and floral pastille flavors, becoming spicier and livelier with air. This plush, expansive Grenache finishes with velvety tannins and an echo of sweet red fruit." (VM)

Winery Notes:
Ed Schild has been the driving force behind Schild Estate right from its creation. Whilst he still steers the ship today, he is slowly handing some of the reigns over to his children and getting to enjoy life a bit more away from the vineyards and the winery. It therefore seemed an appropriate moment to acknowledge his hard work and dedication by making a wine named in his honour. The only challenge was to find a vineyard and a wine that was up to the task.

Ed’s love of the old vines of the Barossa, coupled with an appreciation of the merits of Grenache from this part of the world steered us towards two patches of old bush vines located high on the eastern hills overlooking Rowland Flat. Here the 88-98 year old dry grown, low yielding vines are exposed to the elements, are particularly hardy and consistently deliver the goods. A bit like Ed himself.

An exciting new project for the family and for the viticulture and winemaking team and one we will look to develop and refine over future vintages.

Colour:
Deep dark cherry

Bouquet:
Layered and structured with dark perfumed fresh berry fruit supported by secondary notes of ground pepper and subtle more earthy traces of fresh Kalamata olives, exotic cardamom and turmeric spice and preserved lemons. Gravitas and depth without losing freshness.

Palate:
Soft vibrant berry fruit fills out front and mid palate with texture, refreshing aromatics and pepper spice supported all the time by a fine subtle tannin frame constantly lifting and framing the wine. The result is some lovely movement through the mouth before finishing structured, clean and without dryness.