Schild Estate 'Pramie' Shiraz 2015 (Barossa Valley, South Australia) "...dark chocolate, coffee, pepper..."
Hand harvested and then crushed into traditional open top fermenters, the wine undergoes pre-fermentation cold soak and is then either gently pumped over or punched down by hand according to winemaker specifications so as to obtain optimal colour and retain complex fruit flavours. Additional post fermentation maceration usually occurs before the wine is then drained and pressed to barrel. Free run and pressings are usually kept separate and combination of new and aged oak are barrels for maturation of between 18-24 months. The wine is then prepared for bottling with some seeing some further time in bottle prior to release.
Mild weather and cool nights characterized the back end of the 2014 calendar year and led into almost ideal growing conditions in the region as we started the following new year. The result was a slow and steady pace of ripening early on in harvest before some warmer weather kicked things along and compressed the harvest somewhat. The resulting wines from 2015 show some genuine balance from the early mild weather and some real flavour depth and presence as a result of late season warmth and ripeness.
"From the estate Liebich Vineyard, providing the best wine of the vintage. It has the full tapestry of the aromas and flavours that shiraz can provide: black fruits, licorice, dark chocolate and savoury tannins. Drink by 2040." - 95 points, James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion
"Deep, dark ruby in colour with intense and layered aromas of blood plums and bramble fruit sitting alongside classic varietal markers of dark chocolate, coffee and subtle pepper spice. Creamy, rich primary dark berry fruit notes abound on the front and mid palate. This is supported by a vibrant acid freshness and a present, fine tannin framework. These work to provide a sense of focus and lift to the fruit and a complexity and refreshment to the wine as a whole."
Accolades & Awards
95 POINTS | James Halliday Wine Companion 2019 92 POINTS | Huon Hooke 2019
92 POINTS | Toni Paterson 2019
GOLD | Mundus Vini 2019
GOLD | Frankfurt International Trophy 2019