Full, ripe and sumptuously smooth Merlot, slower-ripened on elevated vineyards on Barossa's cooler east.
Intense lifted aromas of dark plums dominate, supported by fresh hints of fresh cherries and dark chocolate, with classically soft tannins and tangy acidity balancing out that big fruit flavour. Aromatic spices and crushed black pepper add some fun as the soft dark fruit rolls through to the long, sweet finish.
The 2015 Merlot was sourced high on the eastern edge of the Barossa Valley, from the estate's Angus Brae and Three Springs vineyards. Here, sheltered hillsides and cooling afternoon gully winds coming down from Eden Valley temper the warm Barossa sunshine and ensure conditions are ideal for ripening Merlot.
2015 saw warm and dry conditions throughout most of growing season in the Barossa, but without any significant periods of severe heat. Yields were low and many red varieties ripened evenly, with great flavour depth and some firm prominent tannins which have softened well during maturation. As a result, many of the wines from the year show great structure and framing when young and look to have the ability to genuinely age well too.
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.