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Schild Estate Barossa Valley Unwooded Chardonnay 2017

Barossa Valley, Australia

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Round, minerally and unoaked Chardonnay from a strong 2017 vintage for Barossa whites.
An elegant and classy Chardonnay, 100% steel-fermented and stored, with fragrant delicate floral notes, white peach, nectarines and stone fruit. The palate is round and juicy with a hint of creamy volume derived from lees stirring and some tell-tale varietal nuttiness. The finish, crisp and clean with tropical fruit and citrus, minerally and well balanced.
2017 was a particularly strong year for whites in the Barossa. A mild, at times cool, December and January saw ideal conditions prevail towards the end of the growing season, resulting in a measured pace of ripening which ensured the balanced development of sugar and flavours in the fruit along with the retention of natural grape acid.
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.
Alcohol: 13.5%
Style: Ripe, round, unoaked
Closure: Screwtop
Drink by: 2021

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