Schwarz Wine Co. / Barossa Valley, Sa

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Fine Tuned, Minimally Handled Wines From Enviable Old Vine Sources

Find great fruit. Handle minimally to allow full expression of vintage and place. A deceptively simple philosophy to raising some phenomenal wines.

Schwarz Wine Co has for some time been at the forefront of contemporary Barossa winemaking, crafting site and vintage transparent wines of perfume, structure, and finely etched detail. The family vineyards provide the backbone of the label, though Jason Schwarz’s relationships with talented growers are paramount to an enviable cache of old vine fruit sources. Touch the fruit lightly, don’t pick too late, keep oak use in check – the house style here is pure and vibrant.

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  • Schwarz Rosé 2021

    $ 23.00 incl. GST

    85% Grenache and 15% Mataro, from vines planted 1969 and 1974 respectively. Clear Provence influence in being pale and dry, though brings its own personality with building texture due to time in seasoned oak. Flavourwise, plenty of interest and complexity, spanning wild strawberry, peach, red apples and the faintest suggestion of burnt sugar. Given our rosé enthusiasm, it’s a wine that’s always stood tall alongside our French offerings, consistently a solid wine, with this year’s release a true cracker.

    “85% 1971-planted grenache; 15% 1974-planted Mataro; hand picked from Light Pass and Wine Vale. 4-6 hours skin contact; wild fermented, partly in French oak puncheons; 20% mlf. A savoury and complex old-vine rose with a lovely, slippery texture, thanks to the careful interplay of some wild fermentation in barrel with skin-contact phenolics and malic acidty. Medium salmon-copper in hue, it’s laced with elegant tomato nuances. Drink it with jamon or any other charcuterie to counter its phenolic grip.” 91 points, Tyson Stelzer, James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2022.

     

     

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  • Schwarz Chenin Blanc 2020

    $ 23.00 incl. GST

    The lone white of the stable, very much in keeping with Jason’s approach of freshness and drinkability, weighing in at a most modest 12% alcohol.  Gentle, crisp and refreshing, this release sees some mouthfilling texture. Green apples, honeysuckle, hay and pear, with nice length and concentration. Felix is calling this as the best release of the last 5 years of this wine, particularly delicious.

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  • Schwarz The Grower Shiraz 2019

    $ 28.00 incl. GST

    A fresh and perfumed nose, violets the leading impression over musk and blue fruit.  The palate is rounded with great shape and feel in the mouth, and while the acid profile adds freshness and a precision to the flavours, the wine is by no means austere or lacking generosity.  Flavour-wise it’s pretty classic Barossa Shiraz, full of black fruits, dried herbs and earth.  Works as a young drinker or will certainly reward a few years down.

    “Smooth operator. Lush, silky texture, lots of fruit flavour, dark berries, woody spice and some nutty complexity in there. Quite opulent but also with relative freshness in tow. Just over medium weight with good concentration and depth. Generous, but on the vibrant side. Right on. Feels very of the modern Barossa idiom.”  91 points, Mike Bennie, Winefront.

    “Fruit from 6 districts across the Barossa Valley, 10% whole bunches. Wild fermented, foot stomped and 88% matured in old French oak hogsheads, puncheons and a large vat. Unfined. An impressively full, vibrant purple hue heralds a carefully blended shiraz that unites the districts of the central Barossa Valley. Judicious deployment of whole bunches and seasoned French oak upholds a resolute focus on classy blackberry, black cherry and satsuma plum fruit, nuanced with black pepper and violets. Finely textured tannins and bright acidity carry a finish of impressive line, length and potential. Great value.” 95 points, Tyson Stelzer, James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2022.

     

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  • Schwarz The Grower GSM 2020

    $ 29.00 incl. GST

    52% Grenache, 42% Shiraz, 6% Mataro, from a number of different Barossa sub regions and growers with long-standing relationships with Schwarz.  One of our most perpetually crowd pleasing wines whatever one’s tastes – medium bodied, fresh, bright fruited with a sweet/savoury/earthy pull, super versatile.

     

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  • Schwarz Meta Grenache 2020

    $ 35.00 incl. GST

    Hand picked, wild yeast, 91% whole bunch, unfined and unfiltered, 13.8% alcohol.  220 dozen produced.

    Here’s where things start to get a bit more serious.  Drop whatever pre-conceptions you may have about Barossa Grenache – this variety is perhaps the best showcase of Schwarz’s precise and fine tuned style.  The paler colour gives hint to the whole bunch make, with stemmy impressions weaving through the lifted nose of red berries, rhubarb, cherry and spice.  Deserves comparisons to Pinot Noir as an aromatic, crisp and textured food wine.

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  • Schwarz Meta Mataro 2021

    $ 35.00 incl. GST

    Hand picked, wild yeast, 26% whole bunch, unfined and unfiltered.  13.8% alc. 208dozen produced.

    Big time aromatics here, varietal black cherry over pepper and some alluring meaty/bacon character.  An array of black fruits on the palate, a sweet and saline interplay, brambly even but ultra fresh.  Maintains fineness of persona over so much fruit power, with a fresh acid driven finish over fine ripe tannin and stony mineral.  Wines such as this show just what an exciting and pleasurable variety this can be.

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  • Schwarz Meta Shiraz 2020

    $ 35.00 incl. GST

    Hand picked, wild yeast, 24% whole bunch, unfined and unfiltered.  14.3% alcohol.  330 dozen produced.

    Lucid is the theme for this release – structured, perfumed, a lovely line of fruit. Plums, blue and black berries on the nose which continue to the palate, over coffee and a definite violet floral note.  Tannins are fine and ripe which keep things fresh and moreish, not a palate overwhelming style by any means.  Power and freshness here, as is this house’s theme.

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  • Schwarz Nitschke Block Shiraz 2019

    $ 46.00 incl. GST

    The wine where it all began – Jason approached his father to buy some of his Nitschke Block fruit in 2001, producing two hogsheads.  This dry grown vineyard produces intense and clear flavours, maximized here by smart winemaking and a restrained use of oak.

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  • Schwarz The Schiller Shiraz 2018

    $ 82.00 incl. GST

    Jason stumbled on this plot of 400 Shiraz vines planted by Carl August Otto Schiller, dated to around 1881.  Earmarked for bulldozing, Jason’s offer to buy the fruit would see these ancient vines remain in the ground.

    Too often, winemakers throttle their ‘reserve’ or flagship wine with excessive oak or extraction – not here.  The nose throws up pure aromas of turned earth and hay, just hinting to the fruit lurking within.  In the mouth, the body is sloshy rather than thick, it oddly dances between intense concentration yet feels nimble.  It’s an array of black fruits – berries and plums, with a lick of coffee/mocha and further earthen flavours revealing through a finish of magnificent proportions. Purity of fruit remains paramount throughout, the full flight of concentration that only ancient vines can muster.  Barossa Shiraz in all its glory.

    “From 400 vines planted in 1881 in the Hallett Valley. Wild fermented; basket pressed; matured in 50% new French oak barrels; unfined and unfiltered. The deep, exotic spice, black and red berry fruits and supple slippery tannins of ancient 1881 vines are confidently backed by high-class dark chocolate and coffee-bean French oak. Fruit and oak duck and swoop long through the finish, neither competing nor integrating, but setting into a comfortable stand-off that only calls for time to settle.”  95 points, Tyson Stelzer, James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2022.

     

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  • Winter 2021 Mixed Dozen

    $ 265.00 incl. GST

    Leaning towards reds here, we’re running the spectrum from juiciness courtesy of 22 Degree Halo, to mid week quaffers in Baron Léopold’s delicious Bordeaux red. We’ve some bright Italian flavours through Insieme Primitivo, Intrigo Negroamaro and Greenstone’s excellent 2017 Sangiovese release, plus a couple of lovely fireside contenders in Schwarz Meta Shiraz and Lenton Brae Lady Douglas Cabernet.

    The occasional moment calls for something other than red, so a Montfin rosé is perfect for when you’re eating spicy, and the Brackenwood Riesling and Lenton Brae Chardonnay both nicely textured and not out of place in these cooler months.

    Full price of this dozen is $330. We’re offering it at $265 with free delivery, a saving of 20%.

    Pack contains one bottle each:

    • Lenton Brae Lady Douglas Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    • Schwarz Grower Shiraz 2019
    • Greenstone Estate Sangiovese 2017
    • Baron Leopold Bordeaux Red 2018
    • Insieme Primitivo del Salento 2019
    • Intrigo Negroamaro 2019
    • Swinging Bridge MAW Pinot Noir 2018
    • 22 Degree Halo Red Blend 2020
    • Greenstone Gusto Shiraz 2019
    • Brackenwood Riesling 2018
    • Lenton Brae Southside Chardonnay 2020
    • Chateau Montfin Corbieres Rosé 2018

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