It’s called ‘Narrow Road’, but the palate in this Cabernet by Schild Estate shows immense depth and scope. A wine of great opulence and intensity, it pours into the glass as a rich, ruby red.
The fruit for this wine is harvested by hand. Every element of the winemaking process is aimed at retaining optimal fruit-driven flavour. It is aged in a mixture of new and old oak.
This is an incredibly concentrated Cabernet, with fine tannins and impressive structure. Primary fruit comes through strongly, with notes of forest fruit and juicy plum. The finish is long, and lingering, with subtle alcohol warmth.
Medium deep crimson. Intense blackberry, dark plum, dark chocolate liquorice aromas. Generous and opulent with dense blackberry, praline, liquorice flavours, roasted chestnut, vanilla oak, ripe chocolaty yet vigorous tannins, attractive mid-palate viscosity and persistent fine acidity. Finishes claret-firm with persistent choco-berry notes. A classic Barossa red with superb depth, torque and mineral length. (66% Shiraz 34% Cabernet Sauvignon) Now-2030 14.5% alc
96 points (May 2021)
Deep red colour with purple tints, the bouquet loaded with vegetable aromas, laced with sweet spices and underlying mulberry. Chaffy later. The palate is focused, intense and slightly lean in its profile, the finish big on ironstone and graphite, muted blackberry too, with a touch of chew and quite good persistence. A wine with plenty of potential.
92 points, The Real Review (April 2021)
Choc dipped plums and cherries, creamy baking spice oak, and a whiff of iodine. It’s pliant, smooth and fleshy, all the choc-cherry flavours, slightly toasty and spicy, plump tannin and sage run on a pretty long finish. Nicely done.
94 points, The Wine Front (April 2021)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.