Schwarz Nitschke Block Shiraz 2021
$ 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. Schwarz’s most classically styled Barossa Shiraz, though the house style of freshness, fineness and balance reigns supreme this release.
A savoury expression drinking well out of the box, though time will be its friend. Creosote and Barossan earth lead the nose, and as per the Meta Shiraz a beefy theme – bonox/masterstock. A dark spectrum of fruit runs through, black cherries and blackberry alongside clove and liquorice, with pouch tobacco and leather impressions. A lovely, persistent tannic structure defines this release and sets it up well as a food wine, particularly for rich braises and slow cooked meats. Plenty of power without undue weight and a wine well benefitting from a long decant when drunk young; perhaps atypical for Barossa Shiraz a wine showing a low winemaking fingerprint, the oak is beautifully integrated, drinks with an appealing purity.
Schwarz Wine Co. / Barossa Valley, Sa
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.