Schild Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
This wine is fermented in stainless steel open fermenters before undergoing secondary malolactic fermentation in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads. There is a focus on minimal handling and the use of oak for structural framing rather than imparting significant oak flavor. The wine is matured for 12-14 months in barrel before usually undergoing a light filtration and fining if deemed appropriate prior to bottling.
Bright, dark ruby hues with aromas of primary dark plum fruit, coffee grounds and cigar box. Fragrant dark plum and cassis fruit are supported by notes of chocolate, a fresh acid line and a super fine tannin structure which all work together to provide some real focus to the line of travel. An ever so slight hint of menthol briefly appears just as the fruit rolls all the way through to the back end.