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2019 Schubert Estate Spring Newsletter

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Although the vines have been in dormancy over the last couple of months there have been a lot of things happening at the winery. The new barrel cellar construction has been in full swing with the finishing touches being finalised with the climate control being installed by the end of September. Phase 2 of the winery rebuild is about to commence with the removal of the existing barrel storage space to be transformed into further fermentation space.

In May, Jason participated in the Wine Australia China roadshow that spanned four cites: Hangzhou, Tianjin, Kunming and Shenzhen. It was a very successful trip with keen interest in all cities with the wines that we presented. A highlight for Jason was a quick side visit to Beijing to climb the Great Wall.

After pruning in the cold winter months, movement has also begun in the vineyard with the arrival of some warmer weather. Budburst has occurred now in all blocks, with the Viognier being the first vines to awaken from their winter sleep. Now is the critical time with a few frost episodes causing sleepless nights for Jason as the newly emerged buds and leaves are very susceptible to frost burn and necrosis. Fortunately, so far, we have come through without any damage “touch wood”.

Schubert Estate attended for the first time The Edinburgh Great Shiraz Challenge held in June. We were ecstatic with the results with the 2015 The Gander Reserve Shiraz awarded a top 10 result, with all of our wines finishing in the top 100.

Jason attended the James Halliday awards presentation dinner in Melbourne. We were happy with the results of our entries for the new release wines in the 2020 Halliday wine Companion. Further to this Schubert had three wines selected for the James Halliday Red Hot & Rated magazine with the 2016 Lone Goose Shiraz Viognier and 2016 Goose-yard Block Shiraz both being awarded 96 points. The 2015 The Gander Reserve Shiraz was awarded 97 points.

All of these wines will be available for purchase soon as a pre-release limited allocation.

Contact us to receive information to secure your bottles.

2019 Schubert Estate Harvest Newsletter

Schubert Estate

There are some exciting changes afoot for Schubert Estate in 2019. This started with the preparation a new winery space ready for the upcoming vintage, along with with the installation of new open top fermenters and chilling system, and the commissioning of “state of the art” processing equipment arriving just in time for harvest.

The lead up to harvest proved challenging due to the hot weather with the acceleration of grape ripening post veraison. With the hottest and driest Summer on record (24 January was 48.3C in the Barossa) as well as Spring frosts and November hail episodes contributed to yields well below the long-term average for the Barossa Valley with some vineyards reporting up to 90% losses. Schubert Estate yields were approximately 30% down on average.

Grape harvest commenced on 22 February with the harvest of Schubert Estate Block 1 Viognier for Le Jars Blanc. The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed to tank for a combination of barrel fermentation and stainless-steel fermentation.

The Shiraz harvest commenced 5 days later on the 27 February. Nine days later the whole vineyard had been picked. The overall quality was outstanding, small berries produced resulted in a very high skin to juice ratio producing intense colour, flavour and natural tannins.

The wines from 2019 are all barrelled down and are currently undergoing malolactic fermentation, awaiting to be relocated into our soon to be completed barrel cellar in a couple of months.

We look forward to seeing you very soon at our cellar doors.

2018 Spring-Summer Newsletter

Schubert Estate

Exciting times are ahead for Schubert Estate with the appointment of former Penfolds Magill Estate winemaker Jason Barrette as Director of Winemaking in October. Jason worked at Magill Estate for 11 years working on Penfolds premium wines such as Grange, Bin 707, RWT, St Henri, and the Magill Estate Shiraz. He produced wines such as 2008 Bin 620, and 2010 Bin 170 and created the Magill Cellar 3 single barrel program with Peter Gago, Penfolds Chief winemaker. Jason brings to Schubert Estate vast premium global winemaking knowledge having worked in France, California, Portugal and Canada over the last 15 years.

Jason was put straight to work spending November in China representing Schubert Estate at the inaugural China International Import Expo in Shanghai.

Jason was invited to be a guest panellist on the James Halliday Wine Companion release of the Chinese edition of his book in Shanghai and Beijing. Jason also conducted training and masterclasses for our distributors both in Hong Kong and China.

In the vineyard fruit development is on track, considering that we, like most of the Barossa Valley were hit by frost just after bud burst. We were probably fortunate that we pruned earlier than most vineyards which resulted in our vines being a little more advanced. Bunch development is progressing well with good balance of canopy to fruit. We are only about a week away from veraison (the point where the bunches start to change from green to red). Depending on any future extreme heatwaves, we are on track for picking a couple of weeks later than average.

We have some exciting projects in the works that will be unveiled in the coming months. Until next time cheers!

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