Current Vintage: 2019
This is a terrific example of this variety, sourced from a one-acre vineyard growing on hard, ironstone-rich soil in one of the highest parts of Koonunga Hill in Barossa's extreme north. Vermentino is a rugged and hardy variety that Schell tells us ripens relatively slowly here, retaining acidity while delivering generous texture.
Regarding the winemaking, whole bunches were cooled overnight before being placed in a small, enclosed stainless steel tank for a natural ferment for 12 days prior to pressing. Schell enjoys the aromatic frequency, enhanced texture and the grip of skin contact that this 'carbo blanc' method brings to the wine. Schell then blocked the malolactic, and the wine rested on full lees in old wood, developing texture for ten months. Bottled without filtration, this would challenge many a top Italian example. Expect a fabulous fleshy texture that is nonetheless mouth-watering and vibrant with tangy acidity and powdery grip from the subtle, whole-bunch ferment notes.
Home to some of the oldest grapevines on planet Earth, the Barossa Valley is perhaps Australia’s most renowned wine region. In 1842, German settlers planted vines and the rest is history!
On the red wine front, it’s all about the big reds like Cabernet and Shiraz here - with full bodied Barossa Shiraz being sought out around the world. It is rich, muscular, and super sexy - Aussie 'ocker with distinctive finesse.
But the Barossa isn’t a one trick pony. In a salute to the region’s rich German heritage, the Eden Valley (which falls within the broader region) produces some of Australia’s finest rieslings - crisp, fresh, but still balanced.