South Australian wine listed as top ten in the world

A Barossa Valley wine has been named as one of the top wines in the world by US magazine Wine Spectator.

The 2008 Schild Estate Barossa Shiraz was placed at number seven by the magazine.

Schild Estate General Manager John Retsas welcomed the win.

“This is a huge win for a family-owned winery like Schild, but also for the Barossa as a whole,” he said.

“This proves that the Barossa Valley really is the greatest region in the world for growing Shiraz.”

According to Mr Retsas, the achievement is partly thanks to the winery’s winemaker Scott Hazeldine, who joined Schild’s Estate last year.

The Barossa Valley winery released a new winery site earlier this year, an investment of $4 million in the Barossa region. Schild Estate Wines has received previous praise from Wine Spectator magazine for its Barossa Shiraz vintages including the 2004, 2005 and 2007 wines.

Wine Spectator Editor at Large, Harvey Steiman, said the 2008 Barossa Shiraz “may rank as the biggest over-achiever in Top 10 history.”

Mr Steiman described the 2008 Barossa Shiraz as “polished, ripe and complex, offering roasted meat and walnut accents to its black cherry, and blackberry, tobacco and liquorice aromas and flavours.”