Schwarz Wine Co has for some time been at the forefront of contemporary Barossa winemaking, crafting site and vintage transparent wines of perfume, structure, and finely etched detail. The family vineyards provide the backbone of the label, though Jason Schwarz’s relationships with talented growers are paramount to an enviable cache of old vine fruit sources. Touch the fruit lightly, don’t pick too late, keep oak use in check – the house style here is pure and vibrant.
A blend of Mataro and Grenache, with a Provençal salmon shade and similar level of dryness. This gives our Provence wines a run for the money, one of Australia’s best examples of the style. Zippy up front, it’s got strawberries and raspberries, a watermelony juiciness, and a zestiness to its acid. It’s got further complexity from its mineral component which lengthens the finish and evokes limestone and chalk. Firmly pushes back on the luscious, fruit sweet reputation of Barossa rosés of old – serious + refreshing = serious refreshment.
An astute blend of 64% grenache, the remainder the rewardingly ferrous mataro. This should be the archetypal Barossan blend, with shiraz shifted to the back burner of any blend. An exceptional rose in an age when it has usurped chardonnay's mantle as the most exciting category of Australian wine. Partly barrel fermented after gentle crushing, resplendent with stems. Musk stick, watermelon and loganberry scents meander along a hinge of gentle acidity but more impressive, a pillow of herbal phenolics. Rhone cometh. Others take note. Sophisticated rose of great pleasure. A food wine akin to fine Tavel. Drink to: 2023; Price: $25.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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