Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Johannes Hugo Bernard (Ben) Schild relocated his family, including a young Ed Schild, to Rowland Flat in the Barossa, establishing his vineyard circa 1952 after many years of grain farming in the Mallee. Following Ben's passing in 1956, fifteen year old Ed took over the reins of the family farm to continue the work started by his father. Following a careful sorting of the best Shiraz grapes picked off a single low yielding vineyard parcel in the hills overlooking Lyndoch, Schild have constructed the flagship Ben Schild Reserve in true blockbuster styling.
Available by the case dozen only
A commemorative wine dedicated to the estate's patriarch and his foresight in founding the Schild wineworks. Harvested throughout the chill of early morning, grapes are crushed and given a thorough maceration for the optimal extraction of colour and tannins. Parcels are transferred to concrete fermenters, inoculated and treated to a regimen of regular pumpovers whilst completing vinification to complete dryness at a relatively high alcohol content. The batches are then left in contact with skins for a fortnight to extract further colour, flavour and intensity. The batches are then put to bed in a combination of new and seasoned oak barrels for a course of extended maturation.
Deep ruby red. An intense creamy perfume of lifted violets and blue fruits. Vibrant flavours of blueberry crumble and dark plums show clearly in the mouth along with hints of restrained black pepper spice. These all lead into a fine soft tannin framework and a persistent finish which comes back at you with lifted fruit perfume and a hint of well integrated oak to finish. A profound experience even in it's youth, Ben is a wine that's big in flavour, showing superb underlying structure and finesse, an expression of the place whence it originates.