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2014 Schubert (12 bottle case)

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We (that is, Rhonda and Stephen Doyle) planted the pioneering wine grape vineyard in the Spring of 1983. These Merlot Noir vines thrived in the warm, free-draining gravels of Bloodwood. The first vintage, yielding 650 litres of exciting varietal essence, duly followed in April 1986. Over the last three decades, we have cared for and nurtured those original vines on our Griffin Road property. Today, in their maturity, they offer the best potential for the production of the highest quality, cool climate fruit which is the enduring foundation of all our Bloodwood wine styles.

2014 Schubert (12 bottle case)

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bloodwood 2013 schubert.jpg

2014 Schubert (12 bottle case)

420.00

Bright green-gold in colour with a generous bouquet of stone fruit flowers and gentle oak-infused citrus, this wine's complex and mealy texture is supported through quiet fermentation and maturation in fine quality 100% new French oak. Once again the balanced, satisfying mouth feel remains an essential element of the delicate power so typical of this style. Medium term cellaring will allow this wine to fully reveal itself.    

Al/Vol 13.5%

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Vineyard

The Bloodwood Schubert vineyard is to the east of the cellar door on a gentle undulating north-east slope of volcanoclastic loams interspersed with mass flow rounded cobbles of crystalline andesitic lava scattered through a quite a friable red clay base. The vines are of the FVI10V5 clone, planted in rows running north/south and trellised to a Scott-Henry trellis system opened to the protected west. The vines are mostly spur pruned to around 80,000 buds per hectare and with each vine occupying 4.5 square meters of the vineyard, yields are moderate in most years.

Vintage Conditions

The 2013 growing season was very strange indeed. An early budburst following a warm (for Bloodwood) and dry Winter followed onto a dry Spring and hot early summer which hurried the maturation of the fruit along. This proved to be a stroke of luck as we took the decision to capture the natural balance of this Schubert Chardonnay before it respired in the heat and picked it early on 15th Feburary. This is the earliest we've ever picked theSchunert to date, nevertheless it was perfectly ripe to my tastebuds. Luckily, it was also early enough to miss the potentially devastating record 110 mm of rain recorded here on 1st March.

Winemaking

The hand-picked fruit was cooled overnight before whole-bunch pressing in our air-bag press to 1.1 atmospheres with the low phenolic juice transferred to an insulated tank for overnight settling and subsequent racking. Some fine settlings were allowed to pass into the racking tank where, under gentle warmth, the juice commenced fermentation. After a brix or so converted, the newly moving juice was transferred to 100% new Saury French oak hogsheads and held in a warming room throughout primary fermentation. This is critical at Bloodwood as the autumn nights can be quite chilly, and a stuck barrel ferment is something we don't want. Usually, ferment is conducted around 16 C to dryness over 35 days or so. Immediately all activity ceases, the wine is sulfured, lees-stirred and relocated to our cool (13C) maturation cellar for extended aging. The fine lees are kept in contact with the wine through regular stirring and after up to eighteen months, the wine is bench trialled, cold stability tested, protein checked and sterile filtered into bottle.

Wine Analysis

pH 3.45

Acidity 6.8 g/l

Al/Vol 13.5%

Tasting Notes

Bloodwood 2014 Schubert                    

Bright green-gold in colour with a generous bouquet of stone fruit flowers and gentle oak-infused citrus, this wine's complex and mealy texture is supported through quiet fermentation and maturation in fine quality 100% new French oak. Once again the balanced, satisfying mouth feel remains an essential element of the delicate power so typical of this style. Medium term cellaring will allow this wine to fully reveal itself.      

  Al/Vol 13.5% 

2013 Schubert

Length, interest and texture. Compelling Chardonnay. Chalk, lactose, lemon curd and stone fruit, with a velvety flex to the finish. Spicy/creamy oak keeps the silk flowing. Screwcap.

Rating 95 points To 2020 CM

2011 Schubert

Whole bunch pressed and fermented in 100% new French oak puncheons. The quality of the estate-grown grapes has responded with alacrity, providing a very complex, slightly savoury, and very long palate. In radically different style to the \’12 varietal, but of similar quality. Chardonnay.

Rating 95 points



2010 Schubert

\”A typically savoury example from this producer, with inspiration coming from the old world; savoury fennel, lemon pith and a little grapefruit are on display; the palate is generous and fine boned, with a long blanched almond finish, and lingering fine acidity.\” BE

Rating: 94 points

2009 Schubert
“Bright quatrz-green; the fragrant, flowery citrus and apple blossom bouquet leads into a beautifully balanced and finely structured palate, its array of stone fruit and citrus flavours restrained in the best possible way. A chardonnay not wishing to flaunt its wares.”
Rating: 94 points.
— Mr Halliday’s Schubert Reviews
2009 Schubert
“Rich and complex, with ripe yellow peach and savoury oak on the nose. The palate is full bodied, with a suggestion of sweetness to start, and is overall soft and round in the mouth. ..a lively citrus aroma and nice, juicy mid-palate. It’s vibrant, with a lingering finish.”
— Gourmet Traveller Wine /25 of the best /Oct/Nov2012