Vineyard: Fruit was sourced entirely from a single block of old, low- yielding Cabernet Sauvignon vines, SA126 clone grown on own roots, in the Kurtz Family Vineyard at Light Pass in the Barossa Valley. The mild conditions of the 2012 vintage allowed for long, slow ripening, enhancing varietal expression.
Winemaking: The wine was made with minimal interference from the winemaker. Small batches were fermented on skins for 10 days. Malo-lactic fermentation was encouraged as soon as primary fermentation was complete. Matured for 3 years in French oak, with 2 years bottle age prior to release.
pH: 6.2 g/L
Colour: Deep dark red with purple hues.
Nose: Classic Cabernet characters of rich blackcurrant, cassis and violet, with a touch of smooth dark chocolate and bright, lifted, herb-garden aromas.
Palate: A rich, elegant wine with layers of supple texture and flavour. Perfectly ripened Barossa fruit lends juicy characters of blackcurrant and blood-plum, with deep notes of chocolate and lively hints of sage. Fine, long tannins and balanced acidity provide line, length and structure.
Cellaring Potential: Although suitable for current consumption, further cellaring will be rewarded. Decanting prior to serving is recommended.
Food Match: ‘Schmick’ Cabernet Sauvignon is a great match with grilled, pan-fried or roasted red meats, full-flavoured dishes and Cheddar cheese.
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2012 Schmick Cabernet Sauvignon