Region: Clare Valley
Bottle size: 750 mL
Clare Valley Shiraz can produce a myriad of differing wine styles, each one telling a unique story of the parcel of land on which it is planted.
The Schaefer block represents something very special, both in regard to the unique elegant and rich fruit flavours found in the fruit and also the meticulous care and passion shown by the Schaefer family through their twenty years of grape growing. Now custodians of this beautiful property, we continue to nurture the vines with equivalent attention to detail, selecting this exclusive parcel for this special release wine.
Twenty-four months in new French oak provides perfume, spice and balance to the wine, which is dominated by dark red cherries, plums and red berry aromas and flavours.
Further ageing in tank prior to release has melded all wine components to further enhance the prestige of this complex yet graceful wine. Patient cellaring will be rewarded, with potential to improve for up to 20 years.
The winemaking team selected superior fruit parcels from the Schaefer vineyard for this special release wine.
The must, including many whole berries was fermented to dryness on skins for seven days, and continued soaking for another 5 days prior to pressing. All pressings were returned to the blend to increase structure and aid in ageing potential. The wine spent 24 months in carefully selected new French oak in our barrel store before blending and further ageing in tank. The wine was fined, filtered and bottled in December 2020.
Winter prior to the growing season saw a slightly higher than average amount of rainfall and the following ripening period was relatively cool and dry. As a result of these conditions, the fruit had excellent varietal definition with good flavour, structure and excellent natural acid, all the hallmarks of a vintage with great longevity potential.
Beef and other red meat-based dishes with complementary sauces/gravies.
Single vineyard shiraz. Clare Valley. From a vineyard planted in 1998.
The fruit is ripe, the tannin is firm but well integrated, the oak is evident but well judged. It’s well made, textured and presented, in the context of outer-limit ripeness.
The opportunity to fill the cellar with mature wine at bargain prices is not something to be ignored. There are not many new releases from as far back as 2015 (both the current Hill of Grace and Grange are 2016), and precious few at just $40. So jump on board.
The Schaefer Shiraz reflects a longstanding link between two families, with Tim Adams the current vineyard custodian. They felt they had something, certain parcels within the vineyard, which qualified as unique and decided to bottle them separately. A percentage of whole berries was also included. The must was fermented for seven days and then given another five days soaking prior to pressing. Pressings were included in the blend. 24 months in new French oak, before blending and then a further stint in tank.
The immediate impression is of a wine with such a gorgeous aroma. The colour is deep red with a crimson rim, but I am betting you won’t even notice that once you get a whiff from the glass. Plums, a hint of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco leaf and dark berries. And all this continues on the palate. Good length and obvious complexity here. Silky tannins and a supple texture. Some notes of leather and cloves on the finish. Although it has plenty of time under its belt already, this is still on the way up. Be in no hurry. There is often a wine on the tasting bench which absolutely insists it then be put aside for dinner. Today, this was it. And did I mention such stunning value?
Barrel and bottle age build savoury, gamey complexity to the spicy black fruits and black jubes of ripe Clare Valley Shiraz. Fine grained tannins mark out medium term promise.