(2011 Vintage) Soft, juicy, dark berry fruit flavours fill the mouth on the front palate along with fleeting glimpses of milk chocolate, violets and sage. This core of primary fruit is framed by a definite, but fine tannin framework providing some scaffolding and allowing the wine to maintain thrust and a clear direction as it travels through the mouth finishing fruity, controlled and long.
DRS-Inc - 6/23/2011 Rating: 90 Drank over 2 nights & w/dinner. Intially PnP'd then let breathe for 1+ hrs. Deep purple hue & palate-staining. Started off bit spicy on nose & palate, notably black pepper. Nose of ripe cherries, blueberry, licorice w/mild vanilla bean aromas. Tasting notes matched bouquet + plum flavors. On 2nd day, this developed some nice herbal notes w/hint of mocha. Medium:full-bodied, smooth & silky w/integrated tannins, & moderate finish. Gonzorg - 6/22/2011 Rating: 92 Great flavor and fruits. Deep red color. Definitely has a lot of fruit. Nice berries. Tannins and alcohol were all where they should be. Drinking really nice right now as well as the next day. vinomex - 6/16/2011 Rating: 90 Had it as part of a tasting of BBQ wines. This was a notch better than the last bottle. The Schild is developing a silkiness and elegance often not found in aussie shiraz at this level. excellent balance between the young fruit and tannins, a rich medium body with a satisfying finish. one of the stars of the evening in a 27 bottle tasting. recotte - 6/14/2011 Consumed over three nights; a little tight on PnP, but opened up to show the characteristic big dark fruit and berries expected from an Aussie Shiraz. Touch of heat from the alcohol, but not enough to distract from the silky feel of this. Nicely balanced with a medium finish. hal0 - 6/13/2011 Poured into a platypus bag and took it on a 20 mile backpacking trip in Pt. Reyes. After a long day of getting soaked by a surprise storm and slogging through mud, this wine (and a flask of Makers) was the gold at the end of the rainbow. df1962 - 6/10/2011 Rating: 91 PnVnD let air for 30mins. Dense purple black saturated core with a plum rim. Plum blackberry compote, blueberry pie (cinnamon note) and coffee aromas. Medium(+) weight smooth with grippy stemmy tannins that hit the side of the tongue. Not as dense as I expected. Blueberry baking spice and plum flavors. Nice refreshing acidity at the end keeps it all nicely balnanced. Restores my faith in Aussie shiraz. Like it a lot and will buy more. Price has come way down since the WS report on a secondary bottling
"Polished, ripe and complex, this big, smooth wine offers roasted meat and walnut accents to the black cherry, blackberry, tobacco and licorice aromas and flavor. ...expansive finish." 94 points, Wine Spectator, #7 Top 100 Wines, 2010 Through 2020
Excellent Shiraz, plummy, slightly jammy at first but then the fruit and spice does come out in full glory later.
First aroma is cocoa, followed by currants. Big berry opening-raspberries, a warm middle and a spicy, dry finish.
#7 in The 2010 Wine Spectator Top 100
cherry, smooth drinking
Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/06.