Sourced from the family’s finest parcel of Chardonnay off the Moorooroo Vineyard near Rowland Flat, the goal for our winemakers here has been to produce a wine which is varietally strong, retains its element of refreshingness, but possesses interest and complexity for the drinker. Varying degrees of oak barrel and stainless steel use, lees stirring and malolactic fermentation are all used in an effort to make a wine “with no arms and legs sticking out” and in which “Alma Schild” would be proud.
Fragrant notes of lemon citrus, pear and stone fruit coupled with more delicate glimpses of floral blossom perfume, mineral bath salts and hints of nuttiness and spice, the palate is controlled and balanced with gentle flavours of nectarine, white peaches and nougat which have been softened and accentuated by extending lees stirring.
This wine is dedicated to “Alma Schild”, who raised a family of eight children in primitive conditions whilst supporting her husband Ben in establishing the Schild family vineyards and is a testament to her understanding, perseverance and sheer hard work.
An almost perfect growing season was punctuated by a burst of warmer weather close to harvest. A certain amount of nerve, block selection and the use of cooler air at elevation along with prudent handling of the harvested fruit was crucial to ensure the required levels of flavour development were reached whilst at the same time balancing sugar levels in the grapes. Despite the winemakers having to work hard, some really lovely results have been achieved from white wines in the area out of 2014.
Schild Estate is a second-generation Barossa wine family. Ben and Alma Schild moved to the Valley in 1952, acquiring their first vineyard near Rowland Flat where the original homestead is still situated. Tragically Ben died suddenly in 1956 leaving son Ed, the youngest of eight children, to run the family property at the age of 16.
Ed Schild’s enthusiasm for the region, its offerings and vineyards saw him steadily grow the landholdings of the Schild Family, which today encompasses over 450 acres under vine. Within this large amount of land is one small patch of 160 year old shiraz vines which produces the iconic Moorooroo Shiraz.
Ed and Lorraine have four children and eight grandchildren which ensures a strong family focus within the winery today. In July 2010, the new state-of-the-art Valley of Hope Winery was opened, with 2011 the first complete vintage to come through its doors, under the charge of Chief Winemaker Scott Hazeldine.