Schwarz Chenin Blanc 2015
Barossa Valley, South Australia
The story behind Schwarz is one of a man finding his calling, of falling in love with wine, and transforming his passion into a successful business. Jason Schwarz was never a stranger to viticulture - indeed, he grew up surrounded by vines at his parents’ house. However, he believed his future in wine was one in which he’d take the office role, using his marketing degree to focus on the commercial side of viticulture. He took off on his travels, to learn how it’s all done in some of the great wine regions of the world, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Napa Valley, but the pull of the vineyards and the fruit was too much for him, and before long he was taken by the winemaking process and decided to become a vintner.
Come 2001, he was setting up his own winery and planting his own vineyards near in childhood home, in Australia’s flawless Barossa Valley. He originally focused on Shiraz and Grenache, and found promising results with these typically Aussie varietals, but later experimented with white varietals such as Chenin Blanc, enabling him to emulate some of the techniques he’d picked up in France and attempt to bring some of that Old World finesse and structure down under. He sources his fruit from some of the finest grape growers in Barossa, and Jason Schwarz believes that his philosophy of minimal intervention - putting his faith foremostly in the quality of his fruit - allows for maximum expression of the land on which he was raised.
Banjo says: Jason Schwarz makes some great wines. His style is to track down some of the great old vineyards of the Barossa and makes wines from their fruit without too much mucking around.
This Chenin Blanc is a perfect example – a variety that doesn’t see much attention in Australia, but has grown in the Barossa for decades. A modern take on an old classic.
Bright and aromatic in the glass – full of white melon, yellow apple and a touch of honey, flowing on to a palate full of peach and subtle herbs, and then whipped into shape by grapefruit-like acid. Tangy, zippy, makes you feel alive.
The grape type
This increasingly popular grape variety just keeps getting better. It has lots of acid which makes it a great refreshing white wine. But at the same time includes some great zesty fruit flavours.
If you like the crispness of Sav Blanc and Pinot Grigio, then add Chenin Blanc to the top of your list of wines to try. You won’t be disappointed.
Found: The Dry Crisp Style has been pioneered in Stellenbosch, South Africa
Fruit flavours: Golden apple, pear, white peach, juicy nectarine
Other flavours: Honey, chamomile, salt
Australian Chenin Blancs such as this one are a delightfully light, springy set of wines, all freshness and bright acidity and elegance. They have an inherent sweetness behind that acidity, and this balance makes them a great pairing for Asian dishes which include both sweet and sour elements - a difficult flavour profile to match with most other wines. Not only this, but they go beautifully with other savoury/sweet mixes; think roast turkey with cranberry sauce, or roasted Mediterranean vegetables which have taken on a bit of caramelisation in the oven.
We’ve teamed up with the talented team at Smudge Eats to match all our wines to their delicious recipes, which they’ve compiled from the country’s top and emerging chefs.
Recipe Link: Sweet and Sour Pork Spareribs
Food matching: Seafood
Season matching: Spring