The Schild family's homage to the great wines of the Southern Rhone but with a very Barossan accent.
A blend of Grenache (52%), Mourvedre (24%) and Shiraz (24%), this is Chateauneuf-du-Pape on steroids. Leading with the Grenache, the mouthfeel is pillowy and velvety, with the Mourvedre providing the backbone and Shiraz the body. Inviting red fruit aromas of fresh cherries, red currants and raspberries combine with some blue fruit notes upfront before a hint of stony minerality and subtle notes of pepper spice, lavender and garrigue herb emerge from behind.
The wines from 2014 show much promise, however some late growing season heat and rain episodes ensured that it was not without some anxious moments for the winemakers along the way. A certain amount of nerve was required but perfect mild conditions late in the season ensured we made it home really happy with the vintage.
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.