A consistent ripening season with relatively mild temperatures has ensured that the 2012 vintage is seen by many as a particularly strong year for both white and red wines. Good natural acid retention, strong varietal definition and an intense depth of flavour were hallmarks of the year particular on Chardonnay, but across all white wines. The winemaking focus was then on preserving these without too much interference from us.
Schild Estate’s approach to making Chardonnay starts with site selection and vineyard location. It focuses on utilising altitude and the cooler locations of the Barossa Valley to provide acid backbone and tautness along with lower lying valley floor sites to bring fresh intense fruit flavours to the mix. This delicate balancing act is then supported in this particular style through techniques such as lees stirring to provide texture and body. The goal is to deliver wines that are refreshing with natural fruit flavours at their core and that provide interest to the drinker.
The Schild name has a long history in the Barossa, dating back to 1952 when Ben Schild purchased the Three Springs Farm property in Rowland Flat and settled with his family. Today, second and third generation vigneron’s work side by side to solidify Schild Estate’s reputation, built on its commitment to translating the unique tapestry of its vineyards into wines that speak of honesty and a sense of place.