2017 Moorooroo Shiraz - 99pts James Halliday

Schild Estate has a well-earned reputation for producing premium, estate grown wines of incredible quality and character. Their wines have been turning heads among wine reviewers, collectors and drinkers increasingly over the last few years, none more so than for the Limited Release Moorooroo Shiraz.

The 2017 vintage of this wine has recently been released and has already received99 pointsfrom Australia’s premier wine writer, James Halliday.

By itself this is an impressive score, but under the guidance of Chief Winemaker Scott Hazeldine, the Moorooroo Shiraz has consistently scored an illustrious 99 James Halliday points for three vintages in a row (2015, 2016 and 2017).

Our primary aim is to make wines that provide genuine interest and enjoyment to the drinker.  The reward for us is knowing that people are looking forward to its release each year and are excited by the wine that lands in their glass. Garnering this recognition from someone as respected and eminent as James has been a lovely affirmation for all the team that the work we are undertaking both in the vineyard and the winery has us on the right path and is yielding wines of the quality we aspire to” saysScott Hazeldine.

The winery is quietly situated in Lyndoch with eleven estate owned vineyards scattered throughout the Southern Barossa. The four rows of Ancestor Vines which make the Moorooroo Shiraz are situated in Rowland Flat and have been in the Schild Family since 1984 making them only the third custodians of these vines since being planted by the Jacob brothers in 1847.

It is the relationship between vineyards and winery that ensures that the best of each vintage is captured at every stage of the process. 

“Everyone knows that a good wine is made in the vineyard”quips Michael Schild, head vigneron and third generation Schild. It’s a statement that winemaker Scott Hazeldine doesn’t disagree with.“If you get it right in the vineyard we just have to not to mess it up in the winery”he says.

Of course, Hazeldine is being somewhat modest, having celebrated ten-years at Schild Estate he brings a wealth of knowledge and finesse to the wines he creates. The Moorooroo Shiraz is handpicked before being sorted and destemmed using state-of-the-art equipment and an expert team that specialise in producing wines from precious old vines. It is traditionally open fermented before being matured in new and seasoned French Oak.

The reputation of the Moorooroo Shiraz has steadily grown momentum among wine collectors and enthusiasts with each vintage consistently displaying a refined quality that reflects a sense of time and place. With anticipation building prior to each vintage becoming available the Moorooroo Shiraz often sells out within a few months of being released.

A Reputation Built on History.

This generous Shiraz comes from precious vines planted in 1847 by Johan and William Jacob of which there are only four rows remaining. This makes them some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world earning their regal status as ‘Ancestor Vines’ in the Barossa Old Vine Charter.

These beautifully gnarled vines have been nurtured by the Schild family since 1984, who take great pride in being the current custodians of this historic piece of the Southern Barossa.

As one of the largest family-owned grape growers in the Barossa Valley, Schild Estate pride themselves on a philosophy that embraces an absolute synergy between grape-growing and wine-making.

Delicate and balanced the Moorooroo Shiraz shows black berry fruit, dark chocolate and a faint spice with a superfine tannin structure it epitomises the fine art of producing an iconic Barossan Shiraz.