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Pindarie Wines

2016 Schoff's Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Schoff's Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Museum Wine - Available for a limited time while stocks last

Cabernet is King? Many wine lovers would say so - and we won't disagree. But with our home in the Barossa we could never agree that there is only one King. And Cabernet would happily enough share the throne!

One of the world's great grapes, it is powerful yet fragrant; seriously tannic yet with allure and richness. One complex beauty? Yep! Rightly famed for its great Shiraz, parts of the Barossa also grow terrific Cabernet. It works at our place! Our single block is on the western slope of what we know as Schoff's Hill, and dominates the view from our kitchen table.

Planted on our prized red loam over limestone (rightly famous in Coonawarra as terra rossa), the vines produce small crops of small berries - detect a theme here? - that make a wine with anything but small character.

In 2016 we harvested some fruit from the middle/upper section of the block, but also made sure that we picked fruit from the bottom third, where deeper soil and greater moisture means slightly happier, more vigorous vines. These bigger canopies produce fruit with a more distinct varietal signature: hints of dried herbs and tobacco leaf, to complement the red berries of the upper rows.

The resultant wine is complex and fragrant with a rich mid-palate, but an underlying core of tannin.

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Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
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James Halliday
Wine Profile
Gold Medal 2017 Adelaide Royal Wine Show Silver Medal 2017 Barossa Wine Show Bronze Medal 2017 Sydney Australian Boutique Wine Awards
Winemaker Notes
Our vines give us powerfully-fragrant fruit which we work hard to showcase in the bottle, and so have chosen to release the wine as a relative youngster in recent vintages. Some might think that'd result in an unapproachable, tannic youngster, but it's just not the case. The relative warmth of our site means that the perfume is in the red berry, blackcurrant spectrum (cassis), and ensures a wine of charm at an early age, with pronounced but even and round tannins. Yes, being Cabernet it will age beautifully, but age is not essential for enjoyment. A moderate hand has been applied to ensure that oak and typical Cabernet structure are present but subtle, and play a secondary role to the grapes themselves. As they should. Watch this space as 2016 is strong and very age worthy, 10 - 15 years.