Friday, January 27, 2012

Updated Review: ****+ $$ Schild Estate Shiraz, Barossa, Australia, 2007 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: Schild Estate Shiraz from Barossa, Australia, vintage 2007, is a purebred shiraz finished at 14.5% alcohol.   

Original review, January, 2010:

In the glass: Schild Estate Shiraz shows as deep dark red, opaque to within a half inch of the edge of the glass.

On the nose: Poured without a decant and swirled vigorously, the wine billows out strong, toasty dark cherry fruit, with elements of cocoa and black currant.

On the palate: The first element is a dark, rich, almost black chocolate coating at the front of your mouth.  This isn't sweet, but it is thick and luscious.  That opens into full black cherry tannins that roll back across your tongue.  They hold fast as tiny prickles of acid play with the top of your tongue.

And the finish: A long, long finish flows from the thick fruit, holding that dry, dark chocolate element around for the next sip.

In summary: Overall, this is a deep. lush, dry and rich experience.  I believe it would crowd out other wines for me for an evening, yielding four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Outstanding value.

Wine Spectator thought highly of this too, awarding 92 points, and reporting, "Polished and generous, offering a racy mouthful of tobacco-accented cherry and black currant fruit that finishes with an edge of dried sage, licorice and fresh cream. This lingers impressively, showing amazing depth. Drink now through 2017. 8,200 cases made."

Updated review, over two years later, now five years from vintage date, January, 2012:  Consistent color.  Gobs of sweet, black macerated cherries on the nose.  Compelling spices and oak backing up those black cherries.  The palate is almost unchanged with black chocolate-coated black cherries for miles.  Yet still lively and finishing clean.  Gets a plus for longevity and remains an absolute best value. 

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Still a poignant, deep nose.  The black chocolate is even slightly more pronounced on the palate.  Held up great!

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