Schild Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – For Whom the Red Tolls

Sorry for my tardiness, life has been somewhat hectic since my last confession, weddings, and inappropriately placed car doors notwithstanding, I’m back, and moving forward. Now, It’s cold, here in Melbourne Town, lets face it, seductive Melbourne suckered me in, tempting me with flashes of sunshine, picturesque skies, culture, hidden pockets of caffeine splendour, and an endless procession of quirky bars, affectionately known as the ‘horseshoe of death’, situated up and down Smith and Brunswick Street. But like I said, all the while I was distracted, sitting like a naive baby fur seal, waiting for a pat from a passing polar bear, I’ve come to know that obvious truth, It’s freezing here, but there is something you can do about it, clunky, slurpy, Barossa Reds.

I walked down to see my Bearded Wine Man ( my single speed got stolen), we once again discussed our beards, hipsters, and big reds. Now in the interest of full disclosure, I did used to pedal Schild back in the West, Bearded Wine Man (BWM), had not stocked them in a while, and after a small fight for the last 4 Pack of Old Mout Cider with a couple of hipster girls, I said I’d be back next week, we nodded, groomed our beards, and continued to be cool.

Schild Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Now I’m first to admit Barossa, and Cabernet, are not the usual fit for something that will jump off the wine list, and demand to be ordered. It’s the wine equivalent of going out on a date with your mate’s ex, It’s fine, just as long as no-one sees you doing it. And well there is good reason for it, the noble Bordeaux variety’s are not one to take a nasty heat wave, and well that is what the Barossa has been dealing up since the cool 2006 vintage by my maths. But the news is not all bad, if you’re looking for winter warmer, and don’t feel like jumping in the full shiraz fruit cake, this wine has a lot going for it. She is a ripe little one, this is a cassis explosion, dark berries, blackberries, think overripe mulberries, on first look you almost think that it’s going to be too much, but this is where this wine is quite clever. There is some good use of some savoury oak, it’s not an American oak, white vanilla, cherry bomb, and by no means new oak, but it is there, and subtle, but pronounced. Now there is nothing to support this theory on the tasting notes, but I find a cleansing Grenache character through the mid palette, I’m not sure if there is some blended in, and hey there could be 14.9999% for all we know.

While not an overly complex drink, I think it would reward a decanter for 15-20 minutes like most Schild reds seem to do. Like a good house guest it cleans up as it goes, leaving you wanting a revisit, the 14.5% alcohol is present, but not overpowering when in the context of the overall rich flavours, and textural qualities of the wine.

She is not going to win any medals, due mostly to the lack of varietal trueness, and sophistication, but she will warm your evening, and your hip pocket.

6.5 / 10 Sipps
$18-20 RRP


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