Tim Adams ‘Schaefer’ Shiraz 2015
Clare Valley Shiraz can produce a myriad of differing wine styles, each one telling a unique story of the parcel of land on which it is planted.
The Tim Adams Schaefer block represents something very special, both in regard to the unique elegant and rich fruit flavours found in the fruit and also the meticulous care and passion shown by the Schaefer family through their twenty years of grape growing. Now custodians of this beautiful property, we continue to nurture the vines with equivalent attention to detail, selecting this exclusive parcel for this special release wine.
The opportunity to fill the cellar with mature wine at bargain prices is not something to be ignored. There are not many new releases from as far back as 2015 (both the current Hill of Grace and Grange are 2016), and precious few at just $40. So jump on board.
The Schaefer Shiraz reflects a longstanding link between two families, with Tim Adams the current vineyard custodian. They felt they had something, certain parcels within the vineyard, which qualified as unique and decided to bottle them separately. A percentage of whole berries was also included. The must was fermented for seven days and then given another five days soaking prior to pressing. Pressings were included in the blend. 24 months in new French oak, before blending and then a further stint in tank.
The immediate impression is of a wine with such a gorgeous aroma. The colour is deep red with a crimson rim, but I am betting you won’t even notice that once you get a whiff from the glass. Plums, a hint of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco leaf and dark berries. And all this continues on the palate. Good length and obvious complexity here. Silky tannins and a supple texture. Some notes of leather and cloves on the finish. Although it has plenty of time under its belt already, this is still on the way up. Be in no hurry. There is often a wine on the tasting bench which absolutely insists it then be put aside for dinner. Today, this was it. And did I mention such stunning value?
Beef and other red meat-based dishes with complementary sauces/gravies.