Vineyards: 2013 Schmick Shiraz is a blend of Shiraz from two outstanding vineyards. Shiraz from the Eden Valley sub-region of Moculta, on the north-eastern fringe of the Barossa, provided concentrated, fragrant, spicy fruit, while centenarian Shiraz vines from Vine Vale in the central Barossa Valley gave depth, complexity and structure.
Winemaking: The wine was made with minimal interference from the winemaker. Small batches were fermented on skins for 10 days. Malo-lactic fermentation was encouraged as soon as primary fermentation was complete. Matured in a mixture of new and older French oak hogsheads for 27 months prior to bottling.
Acidity: 6.3 g/L
Colour: Deep crimson with purple hues.
Nose: Distinctive spicy herbs and blackberries dominate on the nose, enhanced with regional Dutch liquorice and freshly ground coffee.
Palate: An elegant yet full-flavoured wine with cake-spice, liquorice and mocha accentuating the ripe blackberry and loganberry fruit. The palate is plush and silky with a refreshing acidity providing a fine backbone throughout, finishing with long, spicy fruit and smooth, structural tannins.
Cellaring Potential: Although suitable for current consumption, further cellaring will be rewarded. Decanting prior to serving is recommended.
Food Match: ‘Schmick’ Shiraz is a great match with grilled, pan-fried or roasted meats, and full-flavoured dishes.
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2010 Schmick Shiraz