WBW 76: Barossa Boomerang

by Tim Elliott on April 25, 2012

Schild Estate Barossa ShirazNot too long ago I drank quite a bit of Australian wine, particularly Shiraz. Given that this grape, also known as Syrah, expresses greatness in the Barossa Valley I could not pass an opportunity to revisit this region for this months’ Wine Blogging Wednesday. Our host, Adam from Wine Zag, proposed we look for any wine from Australia’s Barossa Valley but for me only Shiraz would do, much the same way only Cabernet would do for Napa Valley. One other limitation was to choose a wine for $30 USD or less. I’m well aquatinted with great values from Barossa but have not tasted any lately so I was a little concerned as I entered my local wine store to explore the options available this week.

The main reason for my exile from Barossa and most of the wines of Australia of late has been value. There are many great wines made in Australia but far fewer under $30 than in the past (at least it seems to me). Some of this is due to shipping costs; some of this is due to exchange rates. Today the best bang for the (American) buck comes from the Iberian peninsula or lesser known parts of Italy and France. Even California, Washington State and Oregon are bringing the value in these recessionary times. But there still are some producers who are managing to bring the value from Barossa even today.

One of those is Schild Estate, a family run winery in Barossa that over delivers value if judged by the wine I tasted this evening. Established in 1952, this winery produces a range of wines but with an emphasis on Shiraz. And after tasting their entry level Shiraz today, I can see why they lavish so much attention on the variety. It is because it’s delicious.

Tasting Notes:

Schild Estate Wines, Shiraz, Barossa 2009 ($18) – Dark purple in color with aromas of cherry, plum, bacon, and black licorice. Round in the mouth with concentrated blackberry, plum and black pepper flavors finishing with savory tannins. A very nice expression of Aussie Shiraz at a stunning price.

14.5% ABV
Screw cap closure
Rating: ★★★★☆
Score: 90

Thanks go to Adam for hosting this month and for provoking me to taste a Barossa wine and blog about it. Stay tuned for next months edition of our global virtual tasting to be announced soon.

  • http://www.talk-a-vino.com/ Anatoli

    Hi Tim,

    is the #WBW77 topic decided already? I would like to suggest a topic of “Reincarnation of Merlot” as a topic for one of the future WBW events – Merlot is gaining back the popularity.

    Cheers!
    Anatoli (Talk-a-Vino)

    • http://winecast.net Tim Elliott

      The topic for WBW 77 will be announced shortly so, yes, we have May’s theme covered. Will keep your theme suggestion on the list for a future event. Thanks!

  • http://www.OldWineClub.com/ Wayne Donaldson

    Thanks for the review, Tim. I’ll have to keep a look out for that in my local.
    Being in Australia I have a pretty good supply of reasonably priced Barossa shiraz but I am always keen to try one from a new vineyard that I’ve not sampled before. I just hope that they don’t export their entire production…

  • http://www.OldWineClub.com/ Wayne Donaldson

    Thanks for the review, Tim. I’ll have to keep a look out for that in my local.
    Being in Australia I have a pretty good supply of reasonably priced Barossa shiraz but I am always keen to try one from a new vineyard that I’ve not sampled before. I just hope that they don’t export their entire production…

  • Peter

    What is your take on the “scandal” WS reported a year or so ago regarding the secondary bottling of Schild’s award winning Shiraz?  I talked recently with the manager of a very large wine retailer who said he tasted the secondary effort and said it wasn’t nearly as good as the initial bottling.

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