Schwarz Shiraz 2015
Barossa Valley - Australia
The wine's story
We all like a good love story, and the story behind Schwarz is one of a man finding his calling, falling in love with the muddy reality of making wine, and transforming a passion into a successful business. Jason Schwarz was never a stranger to viticulture - indeed, he grew up surrounded by vines at his parents’ house. However, he believed his future in wine was one in which he’d take the office role, using his marketing degree to focus on the commercial side of the wine world. He was going to be behind the scenes, behind a nice tidy desk, and home by 5:30 each day. So, in order to gain some knowledge, he took off on his travels to learn how it’s all done in some of the great wine regions of the world, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Napa Valley, but the pull of the vineyards and the fruit was too much for him. Before long he was taken by the winemaking process, was seduced by the unpredictable hours and the early mornings spent in the dirt and among the grapes... and he decided to become a vintner himself.
Come 2001, he had set up his own winery and was planting his own vineyards near in childhood home, in Australia’s flawless Barossa Valley. He originally focused on Shiraz and Grenache, and found promising results with these typically Aussie varietals, but later experimented with white varietals such as Chenin Blanc. This grape enabled him to emulate some of the techniques he’d picked up in France and attempt to bring some of that Old World finesse and structure down under. He sources much of his fruit from some of the finest grape growers in Barossa, and Jason Schwarz believes that his philosophy of minimal intervention - putting his faith foremostly in the quality of his fruit - allows for maximum expression of the land on which he was raised. Delicious, honest, and the product of some seriously hard work, they’re the ideal introduction to what Barossa does best. We all like a good love story, and the story behind Schwarz is one of a man finding his calling, falling in love with the muddy reality of making wine, and transforming a passion into a successful ... read more
Refined, modern Barossa Shiraz can be hard to find. There are still plenty of wines that rely on oak or are simply overloaded with alcohol to make them pleasant to drink. This possesses a degree of finesse and precision not often seen in the warmer climes
The flavours are all still there certainly - think cocoa, pen ink, ripe blackberry, and a multitude of spices....cloves, cinnamon and vanilla.
There's a sumptuousness to the palate that doesnt tire, indeed it seems to open up and unfurl over time. Give this a spin in a decanter for half an hour and watch the flavours expand.
When the sun has set, and lunch is over, it’s time to move on to the serious stuff - full throttle, packed full of fruit, but with an elegant edge. Refined, modern Barossa Shiraz can be hard to find. There are still plenty of wines that rely on oak or are simply overloaded with alcohol to make them pleasant to drink. This possesses a degree of... read more
We all know and love Shiraz for its laid-back, easy-going character. This is the definitive Australian red wine for a good reason: it’s approachable, delicious, and goes seriously well with the kind of food we love to eat. Barbecued meats, hearty stews, even hunks of kangaroo if you want to go all-out Aussie. It’s also surprisingly festive - the medium body of Shiraz with its nice balance of slight sweetness and spiciness means it’s going to go well with a lot of your Christmas favourites of roast dinners, beach barbecues and leftover cold cuts and sandwiches. This particular Shiraz is going to be especially good with cheaper cuts of pork and lamb, packed full of flavour and rustic goodness. This Christmas, you can even use a glass or two of this Shiraz to make a deliciously sophisticated dessert of wine poached pears!
Click here for a recipe. We all know and love Shiraz for its laid-back, easy-going character. This is the definitive Australian red wine for a good reason: it’s approachable, delicious, and goes seriously well with the kin... read more
5-10 years - This wine is excellent now, and will hold up really well over the next decade.