While Barossa is famous for its age-worthy and iconic shiraz wines, the whites in the Valley are often overlooked. Standout rieslings, fruit-driven semillons and easy-drinking chardonnays are there for taking and worth seeking out… But watch out as there’s a new (old) kid on the block… Chenin blanc! With miniscule amounts of vines planted back in the 1970’s, we’re starting to see more of these maturing fruits of the forward-thinking labourers in wines that are crisp, versatile and delicious, and fabulous with our Aussie coastal cuisine of shellfish and crustaceans.
The Schwarz Chenin Blanc is clear and pale lemon in the glass, with pear drops and lanolin on the nose, and then on sipping, the wonder of light ginger spice and lime zest layered with a mineral, steely tang. Partially fermented in old French oak adding texture, this a crisp, dry wine with refreshing acidity. Perfect for a freshly shucked oyster, finger lime garnish optional.