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Cellar Reserve

2015 Ben Schild Reserve Shiraz

Barossa Valley
Bottle size
750 mL

Best in Show Australian Red Wine | Mundus Vini 2019

Deep, dark purple, dense and solid to the edge. Dark plum fruit and subtle wood spice sits alongside a slight sanguine waft and brief glimpses of cured billtong/jerky meat and dried tobacco leaf. Rich ripe dark berry fruit combines with just a hint of tongue coating dustiness and classic Shiraz flavour of dark chocolate and coffee bean all then pinned in just enough by a super fine tannin structure. The lush fruit does not let up, but keeps rolling though in waves driving long through to the finish.

Winemaking Notes

Harvested and then crushed into either traditional open top fermenters or large format oak, the wine undergoes pre-fermentation cold soak and is then either gently pumped over to obtain optimal colour and retain complex fruit flavours. Additional post fermentation maceration usually occurs before the wine is drained and pressed to barrel. Free run and pressings are usually kept separate and a combination of new and aged oak barrels are used for a maturation of between 18-24 months. The wines are then prepared for bottling with some seeing some further time in bottle prior to release.

Growing Conditions

Mild weather and cool nights characterized the back end of the 2014 calendar year and led into almost ideal growing conditions in the region as we started the following new year. The result was a slow and steady pace of ripening early on in harvest before some warmer weather kicked things along and compressed the harvest somewhat. The resulting wines from 2015 show some genuine balance from the early mild weather and some real flavour depth and presence as a result of late season warmth and ripeness.

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