#43 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
The color of this wine is a vibrant rich red
It has a nose of ripe cherries, rich spices and licorice with some vanillin undertones, derived from the extended maturation in new and old
American oak. On the palate the flavors explode in a fusion of complex oak and well integrated tannins with a backbone of ripe black plums.
I recently ordered 6 bottles of the Schild Estate Shiraz. I recently tried the 2008 and it blew my mind. Unfortunately the first bottle we opened of the 2007 left much to be desired. The bottle tasted like it had either been exposed to too much heat on delivery, a bad bottle, or it just had too much tobbacco and burnt notes. I will update after I try another bottle.
This is the off-year of a WS Top 100 wine, but there is nothing off about it. It is beautiful - intense, fantastic Shiraz.
Good depth on this wine and a long finish.I prefer the fetish though.A bit more exciting than the Schild.