A bubbly of stunning complexity and elegance, the creamy nose is followed by layers of fresh limes and preserved lemons, a touch of honey, aromas of shortbread biscuits and just a hint of red berry pinot fruit lurking somewhere in the back. It finishes refreshing, long and clean, just beautiful.
"Better than many Champagne I've enjoyed!" - Mike.
As Ed Schild’s daughters Judy and Leanne play and increasingly important role in the estate, the request naturally came for a sparkling white wine to complement the lively banter of the Schild family get together. An entirely reasonable request and one which the winemakers needed little persuading to try their hand at. Premium Chardonnay was sourced from high up on the Barossa’s eastern ranges along with Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills. Bottled fermented and seeing extended time on lees, the brief has been to produce a sparkling which shows creamy layers of complexity, but at its heart is clean, crisp and refreshing.
A non-vintage, the current release of this wine was sourced from grapes from the 2013 and 2014 vintages. These were both years where vineyard location, elevation and access to cooler air were advantageous and ensured the sparkling base parcels sailed through some of the late growing season warmth. The vines emerged looking healthy and were then treated to a nice mild last few weeks of ripening which helped preserve some of the delicate flavours and natural acidity.
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.