Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Shiraz Coonawarra South Australia
From the Redman family's forty year old vineyards in the heart of Coonawarra, the most superior parcels each year yield a vintage of just eight oak hogsheads. Bill Redman's consuming passion was to make good red wine. His faith in Coonawarra Terra rossa as a world class winegrowing region was vindicated in 1936 when Redman Claret won the London Empire Wine Show. The best barrels are identified and assembled into the final Redman for a term in oak and a decade of repose in bottle under the estate cellars. A mere 200 dozen are made.
Available in cartons of six
Harvests of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz are vinified in a mix of static and open concrete fermenters for a week, half of the batches are run off skins into completely new French oak hogsheads. Upon completion, components are racked off lees, the barrels rinsed and the wine returned. The balance is filled to seasoned French oak hogsheads for a course of malolactic. The most superior batches are set aside for assemblage into The Redman, treated to a further course of oak maturation and bottles for an extended term of age at the Redman wineworks until release.
Deep brick red. Dominated by gummy berry fruit bouquets, complexed by evolved Coonawarra characters of tobacco and cigar box, leather and terra earth. A finely structured palate of the most intense fruit, berries and mint supported by soft, praiseworthy tannins and juicy acid backbone. The flavours persist long and lingering on to the endless, mouthfilling, savoury finish.