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Sunday 28 June 2020

Taste the history in every bottle of Moorooroo

There is an immense amount of history in every bottle of Schild Estate Moorooroo Shiraz. 

The new-release 2017 vintage - like its predecessors - is made from fruit grown on southern Barossa vines planted in 1847 by Johan and William Jacob.

There are only four rows left of these ancient vines - some of the oldest shiraz vines in the world. 

Ironically, the vines only survived through a piece of luck. They were due to be destroyed as part of a vine-pull program in the mid 1980s. Farmer Ed Schild's tractor broke down and the handful of rows survived. 

Today, they are recognised as "ancestor vines" in the Barossa Old Vine Charter  and are nurtured by the Schild family as irreplaceable history. 

Schild chief winemaker Scott Hazeldine says the 2017 has: "exceptional mouth-filling texture and genuine balance in its depth and layering. It has a presence of fruit that holds concentration and length throughout the palate, supported by super-fine tannins."

Aged in new to second-fill French oak hogsheads, this is a wine with an impeccable predigree; James Halliday has scored the previous two vintages 99/100. 

The 2017 is hugely impressive; a wine of dignity and style that lives up to the hype - and the $199 price tag. It is big but balanced; powerful but poised. 98/100 from me.  

The official release date is August 6, but you can order online now at 

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