Schild Estate Shiraz 2006 (Barossa, SA)
$20, Screwcap, 14.5%
Schild Estate - You don't get any more Germanic than that. Should be drunk with some sort of spiced sausage & sauerkraut too. I like the Schild Estate wines - genuinely Barossan wines at genuine prices.
This is a nice enough drink, but it's a much lesser prospect than the previous vintage. 06 in the Barossa seems to be like that - rather variable. The nose is soft & sweetly red berried, liquered & ripe, but also slightly dull & mono dimensional. The palate is soft and flowing with milk chocolate and red fruit that all falls away at the finish. Very weak on the tail this is.
I think this should fill out with some time in the bottle, but at present its just too bland to be convincing. 16.2+