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 Chenin Blanc 2019

    $ 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 Rosé 2020

    $ 23.00 incl. GST

    Rosé – yes please!  A blend of Mataro and Grenache, with a Provençal salmon shade and similar level of dryness.  Blood orange, red berries, a little amaro/Campari spice, and an attractive, powdery mineral edge. Always a wine which holds its own in any rosé lineup, and proof that, in the words of the winery, not everything from 2020 is terrible!

    Beautifully elegant and restrained, the wine shows white flesh peach, crunchy apple, white floral and strawberry notes on the nose, followed by a delicately expressed palate that’s pristine and delightfully flowing.
    Well-structured by zesty acidity, making it fabulously drinkable. Sam Kim, WINE ORBIT, 94 POINTS.

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  • Schwarz Shiraz 2018

    $ 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.

    9 months in barrel, tank tightened and seasoned with 10% whole-bunch. This is an easy going Shiraz that plays the reductive card of tension well, without any imposition on lilac scents that careen to nori, smoked salumi, tapenade, and beetroot puree. Tightly strung across the finish.”  92 points, Ned Goodwin MW, James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2021

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  • Schwarz The Grower GSM 2019

    $ 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.

    “Always a good drink, and no change here. Blackberry, raspberry, a little char, liquorice and salted beef. Medium-bodied, some grainy tannin, meaty and saline to close. Easy to like.” 91 points, Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.au

    Sweetly ripe and beautifully perfumed, the wine shows dark plum, mulberry, floral and subtle spice notes on the nose, followed by succulent palate that’s supple and flavoursome. It’s well supported by silky texture and chalky tannins, finishing long and satisfying. Sam Kim, WINE ORBIT, 94 POINTS

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  • Schwarz Meta Grenache 2019

    $ 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 2018

    $ 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 2019

    $ 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.

    “Invariably has a juicy sort of spicy energy, and no change here.  Brown twigs, liquorice, dried herb and soy sauce, fresh blackberry. It’s grainy and firm in tannin, dark fruit and blueberry, meaty and spicy flavours, a slight bitterness, and a long and sappy finish. Distinctive.”  94 points, Gary Walsh, Winefront

    Opaque core and vibrant purple to the rim. Raspberry and blackberry, boudin noir and dry herb aromatics. Serious concentration of fruit, but supple tannins corral it and keep it flowing with life and lightness. Keeps flowing long and lingers with a bright acid-driven freshness. It will mature beautifully as more savoury ageing characters evolve. Stuart Knox, THE REAL REVIEW, 95 POINTS.

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  • Schwarz Nitschke Block Shiraz 2018

    $ 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.

    “All the good stuff: dry-grown and fermented under the aegis of wild yeast, a smattering of whole-bunch seasoning )25%), French oak (20% new) conferring poise, freshness and authority. As far as Barossa Shiraz goes, this is benchmark. Plush but nicely taut. A stream of boysenberry fruit and violet scents sashay to a samba of thyme, tapenade and smoked meats, nicely avoiding any sense of reduction, or clunk jam. This is smart. Very.” 96  points, Ned Goodwin MW, James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2021

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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.

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