The 2018 Schadenfreude Shiraz is a reminder that great producers are consistent with the excellence of their offerings and this one is WA’s version of Sami-Odi. Deeper colour than expected, with no signs of ageing. Expressive and especially complex, with aromas of blackberry, blueberry, kirsch, cassis and a ferrous-nous that places the wine firmly of it’s place. I’m guessing the grapes were purchased from Swinney, so familiar this is. But from here, we have a departure. The palate is deep, and expansive, no doubt due to the 100% whole bunches. Supple, and rich, succulent and tangy, the fruit drips and melts off a sleek and lithe frame. Terrific energy, aniseed and clove, dusting the compote of fruit. The tannins have elastic firmness that melts away towards the close, allowing the fruit to power ahead. We loved this wine, the avant-garde at it’s very best. Waters Wine Co.
This sends the pigeons scurrying. It’s alive with herbs and peppers, leaves and twigs but it also carries notes of seaweed and ripe berries. There’s a bitter touch to the finish but you’d have to say it’s in keeping with the overall boundary-pushing style of the wine. It’s a sinewy wine and a challenging one too, in a good way. It won’t be for everyone but personally it’s right up my alley; it just needs another couple of years in bottle. 92 Points – Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront