Vineyard Source: 2014 Schmick Shiraz was sourced predominantly from the R6 and Shed blocks on the Kurtz Family Light Pass vineyard, known for concentrated depth of flavour, fruit complexity and structure. A small proportion of Shiraz from Moculta, on the north-eastern fringe of the Barossa, provided an added touch of fragrant, spicy fruit.
Vintage Conditions: Good winter and early spring rains were followed by a windy spring and November frosts that lowered potential yields. Warm days and cool nights in late spring and summer, with rain and cool conditions in mid-February, extended ripening, resulting in rich, varietal Shiraz with excellent colour and structural line.
Winemaking:After extended fermentation on skins the wine was matured for 31 months in new French oak hogsheads, enhancing structure and complexity.
Acidity: 7.6 g/L
Colour: Deep red with a dense purple hue.
Nose: A rich, concentrated nose with dark fruit aromas of blackberry, black cherry, and cassis. Notes of black olive, spice, dark chocolate, espresso and fine French oak provide multiple layers of complexity.
Palate: Full bodied and textural, with rich, concentrated, mouth-filling flavours of black fruits, dark chocolate, and coffee, drawn together and given focus with fresh, balanced acidity and plush, velvety tannins that provide structure, mouthfeel and great length of flavour.
Peak Drinking: While suitable for current consumption, this wine will integrate and develop further complexity, rewarding careful cellaring for 20 years or more. Decanting prior to serving is recommended.
Food Match: ‘Schmick’ Shiraz is a great match with grilled, pan-fried or roasted red meats, and other full-flavoured dishes.
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