2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Block 4, from our Redwind vineyard, was picked just as the grapes reached peak maturity. Our aim was to harvest just as the green, herbaceous characters dissolved and the seeds turned brown and crunchy. We like to make an elegant style of Cabernet that is fruit driven and representative of its terroir. The grapes were fermented in open fermenters and hand plunged, racked and returned and pumped over. The wine was then pressed to 100% French oak with 30% of it new, 15% 2 year old and the remaining 55% was 4 years and older. It developed in oak for 20 months before it was bottled. No fining or filtration was used in order to capture as much of the wines natural beauty as possible.A bright, fresh nose that slowly opens revealing leafy, blackcurrant fruit, star anise spice and underlying hints of tobacco and cedar oak. The fruit glides along the palate with pleasant weight, tannins coating the mouth and drawing out the finish. Everything is in balance with subtle oak flavours, clean berry fruit and a beguiling savoury edge. A pleasure to drink.
2017 The Redwind Cabernet Sauvignon
Fruit for this wine was selected from the Block 4 vineyard where the vines grow in beautiful terra rossa soil. It was fermented in open fermenters and hand plunged, rack and returned and pumped over. The wine was spilt into 3 parcels – free run, overnight drainings and pressings. The overnight drainings are held in the press and allowed to gently press overnight to extract a wine that is concentrated in flavour and has wonderful tannin structure. This parcel, which makes the majority of the blend, is transferred to new French oak, where it underwent 20 months of maturation. The 2017 vintage was a 300 litre blend from the 4 best barrels. No fining or filtration was used in order to capture as much of the wines natural beauty as possible. more flavour and richness.
Darker, richer and riper than it’s counterpart this wine has an incredible amount to experience. Ripe blackcurrant and mulberry fruit meld with spicy oak, cocoa and aniseed on the nose. The palate is restrained yet has a beautiful intensity of flavour. Forest berries, mocha and super fine tannins come together to form an elegant wine that will age gracefully in years to come.
Our two blocks of Shiraz grapes, Block 6 and Block 9, were harvested from our Redwind vineyard at optimal ripeness. They were fermented in open fermenters where they were hand plunged, racked and returned and pumped over. After pressing all the wine went to French oak for maturation and was kept separate. The oak was 63% brand new, 18% 2 year old and the remainder 4 years and older. The wine stayed in oak for 20 months before it was blended. The final blend was a mixture of 76% Block 9 and 24% Block 6. Block 6 provides the floral and red fruit characteristics whilst the Block 9 delivers the richness and backbone of the wine. No fining or filtration was used in order to capture as much of the wines natural beauty as possible.
A divine nose that unfolds gradually to expose an abundance of liquorice, spice, violets and juicy blackberry fruit. The flavours follow generously onto the palate, seamlessly integrated with oak so no single attribute stands out. Firm, velvety tannins produce a soft, silky texture. An excellent wine that is bright and fresh with plenty of complexing flavours to compel the drinker to want more.
2017 The Redwind Shiraz
The Redwind Shiraz comes from Block 9 where the underlying limestone produces berries that are smaller and the fruit is more concentrated. It was vinified in open fermenters with hand plunging, rack and returns and pump overs. The wine was split into 3 parcels – free run, overnight drainings and pressings. The overnight drainings are held in the press and allowed to gently press overnight to extract the wine that is concentrated in flavour and has wonderful tannin structure. This parcel, which makes the majority of the blend, is transferred to new French oak where it underwent 20 months of maturation. New oak is needed to match the depth and intensity of the fruit. The overnight drainings as well as 3 of the best barrels from Block 9 were selected to make a 500 litre blend. No fining or filtration was used in order to capture as much of the wine natural beauty as possible.The Redwind Shiraz is deep and dark in colour, amid a wonderfully intense nose full of boysenberries, dark chocolate and hazelnut nougat. The texture on the palate is luxurious with layers of blackberry fruit, pepper and vanilla – all beautifully balanced with firm, tight grained tannins that support with exceptional poise. This wine is outstanding now and will mature superbly in time.
McLaren vale recorded it's second wettest year on record in 2016, with rainfall not declining in intensity until early February. The cold, rainy and windy weather through winter and spring led to very late flowering. Fortunately the weather conditions during flowering were stable and dry. Disease pressure was elevated during these seasons but a warm and dry late summer into Autumn led to a relatively disease-free vintage. The long and slow ripening period continued through February and March. The fruit had ideal sugar levels and the juice colour and flavour were excellent.