The Redman 2004 Coonawarra Red Blend – Capturing the True Australia Day Spirit…

I attended a fantastic tasting this evening on a cold winter’s night in East London’s Shoreditch ahead of the Australia Day Tasting tomorrow. Plenty of interesting wines on preview from ABS Siegel, the award winning wine shipper and distributor.

But I thought I would write about one wine specifically that caught my eye… the beautifully maturing Redman Coonawarra Red Blend 2004. A current release vintage in the more ‘archive’ spirit of fine wine, this wine was aged 13 years in barrel and bottle. Made from 30+ year old vines grown on the famous terra rosa red Limestone soils, this 14 Abv. blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz was aged for 24 months in French oak to produce a fine wine that firmly tips its hat to the French Languedoc red blends of the L’Herault and Faugeres, but at the same moment remains a true essence of the coonawarra itself. 

Tasting Note: Dark dense and opaque, there is a wonderfully exotic expression on this 13 year old Cabernet based blend. Such a complex interwoven nose of sweet tannery leather, burnt oranges, citrus peel, cedar spice, violets, salty liquorice, tart cassis, and earthy, oyster shell notes. There is just a hint of bruleed blackberries in milk chocolate with caramelised molasses hints. The palate is as expressive as the nose, truly characterful with an impressively salty, tart crystalline acidity, picante notes of cedar wood spice and liquid minerals, edgy gravelly tannins and a salty, dense, textured orange peel tinged finish. A truly impressive wine that is embracing its age gracefully but only because it knows its muscles are still bristling youthfully underneath a designer t-shirt. (Wine Safari Score: 94+/100 Greg Sherwood MW)

Redman Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ~ An Aussie Coonawarra Classic…

Not sure whether it’s a sign of my age or a sign of the times, but I don’t seem to drink that much Australian red anymore. To be fair, I do enjoy the cooler climate whites as well as many of the more new wave wines from people like Tom Shobbrook, Si in Western Australia, Luke Lambert and Timo Mayer in the Yarra Valley. 

But for Sunday lunch today, I ventured to the cigar shaped Coonawarra with its red terra rossa soils over white limestone. The Redman Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the real classics. Established in 1908, the Redman winery was a pioneer of the region, being an independent, family owned winery producing estate-grown red wines made by a 4th generation winemaker.

Tasting Note: This Redman Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, at a modest 13.5 Abv, was made from low yielding vines grown on the classic terra rossa soils. On opening, the nose was saline, broody and closed with black berries, cassies, bramble spice and earthy red currants. Given air, the wine blossoms, while always remaining taught, fresh, cool and nervy with tart Victoria plums, crunchy black berry and earthy forest fruits. Also no shortage of classic cedar and violet perfume on the nose, and spicy cigar box and cassis leaf on the palate, with dry limestone tannins. Finish is cool, crisp, crunchy and taught with great varietal intensity and length, which suggests this wine can surely be cellared for 10-15 years. A fine effort from the Aussies. (Wine Safari Score: 93/100 Greg Sherwood MW)