‘THE MOOROOROO’ SHIRAZ: PRODUCED FROM SOME OF THE OLDEST SHIRAZ VINES IN THE WORLD!
Schild Estate’s Moorooroo Shiraz scores 99 points from James Halliday for the third vintage in a row.
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 was released this weekend and has already received 99 points from 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” says Scott 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 were planted in 1847 putting them among the oldest producing shiraz vines in the world.
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 we get it right in the vineyard, the calibre of the raw materials here means that we genuinely have to do very little in the winery and so often that seems to be the key to our best wines.” 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.
Delicate and balanced the 2017 Moorooroo Shiraz shows blackberry fruit, dark chocolate, and a faint spice with a superfine tannin structure it epitomises the fine art of producing an iconic Barossan Shiraz.
The 2017 Moorooroo Shiraz retails for $199/btl and can be purchased online at www.schildestate.com.au
Schild Estate will be exhibiting at the Sydney and Brisbane Good Food and Wine Show later this year, and if we’re lucky they might even bring a bottle of the 2017 Moorooroo to share!