Sunday, May 31, 2009

Schubert Goose-yard Shiraz

In this miserable weather, it is best to keep the Shiraz thing going. As I was sorting a few bottles in my cellar, I came across this 2002 Schubert Goose-yard Shiraz. This seemed like a good choice.

Schubert is one of a number of growers in the Barossa who - based on their success as growers - ventured out in the last decade to launch their own label, based on some of their premium fruit. Schubert achieved high acclaim by James Halliday for this particular wine, which was his third vintage,  produced by Dave Powell from Torbreck, by the way.

The fruit of this wine tastes of blackberry and plum and is quite ripe. It is a big wine, but the alcohol is kept in check. However, I do detect some dead fruit amongst the mix. The overall impression is positive, though, with an elegant mouthfeel and a smooth finish. It probably would have been better to pick the fruit slightly earlier, but the wine should not be grouped with the supercharged Parker wines of the Barossa.

Clearly, Schubert's vineyard is of high quality. It will be interesting to see what kind of track record this wine can establish. I have collected a few bottles of the subsequent vintages and will  find out over time.

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