Schild Estate Moorooroo Shiraz 2017



“A Leviathan bottle to end all comparisons” — 99 point, James Halliday.

An exceptional, ancestral Shiraz that engages the drinker with notes of rare beef, leather, spice and ripe cherries. Rugged dark chocolate tannins and subtle oak drive through for a long finish.

Amidst the Schild family estate in Australia’s Barossa Valley lie four rows of ancient Shiraz vines, planted in 1847 by Johan and William Jacob (of the famed creek), just eleven years after the foundation of South Australia. The block is situated between Jacob’s Creek and the North Para River, in an area known as Moorooroo, an aboriginal word meaning ‘meeting of two waters’.

Described by James Halliday as an “infinitely valuable and rare block”, at over 170 years old the Moorooroo Shiraz vines are amongst the oldest in the world with its prized yield producing just 200 cases a year.

  • Full, rich, complex
  • 750ml
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2050
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Producer: Schild Estate

Schild Estate is named for the second-generation Barossa wine family which bears its name. 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 and the only son living at home, 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 all cultivated under the expert eye of his son Mick. Within this large amount of land is one small patch of 160 year old shiraz vines which produces the iconic Moorooroo Shiraz. He also purchased the Tweedies Gully vineyard in 1977, noting that with its westerly aspect, high altitude and sandy loam soils, the vineyard was a perfect fit for premium Riesling production. Taking advantage of the cooling afternoon winds, particularly in the summer, the vineyard shows a number of characters more akin to its close neighbour, Eden Valley.

Until recently Schild Estate Wines were produced offsite but 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.

Ed and Lorraine have four children and eight grandchildren which ensures a strong family focus within the day to day running of the  winery today. As Ed Schild’s daughters Judy and Leanne play an 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 and their Premium Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from 2013 and 2014 vintages filled the vacancy perfectly.  

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99 Points
James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion (2018)


  • James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2019

    “A Leviathan bottle to end all comparisons. Best of all is the wine's elegance and balance, the fruits purple and black, the tannins fine and gently persistent, the oak a means to an end. This is only the start of the story for a wine of this stature which will take its next huge step 2047.” — 99 points.

  • James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2019

    Schild Estate, Barossa, 5 star winery review:
    "Founded by Ed Schild in 1952, when he planted a small vineyard at Rowland Flat. It’s no exaggeration to say he has flown under the radar like few others, given the estate’s present vineyard holdings of 163ha, and an infinitely valuable and rare block of 170-year-old Shiraz on the Moorooroo vineyard. In ’15 all of the estate wines flew high, but none more so than the Moorooroo Shiraz."

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