2006 The Redman

2006 The Redman
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The Redman represents the finest fruit grown on the Redman family’s 40-year-old vineyards in the heart of Coonawarra. Each year we earmark the very best parcels of wine to blend together to produce just eight hogsheads (2400L) of this flagship wine.

The 2006 growing season began with average winter rainfall and fine spring conditions. Flowering and fruit set were slightly earlier, however cool and windy conditions towards the end of flowering caused some inconsistent set. A warm-to-hot summer with favourable rainfall events throughout encouraged steady vine growth and balance resulting in normal ripening. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot yields were slightly below average with excellent fruit quality

The grapes were picked and fermented in static stainless and open concrete fermenters for seven days then half the wine was run off skins and transferred to new French oak hogsheads. After completion of fermentation in these barrels, the wine was racked off lees, the barrels rinsed and the wine returned. The remainder of the wine was transferred to two- and three-year-old French oak hogsheads after malolactic fermentation was complete. In November 2007, we rigorously selected the very best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz wines, which were then judiciously blended and transferred back into oak.

The wine spent a further nine months in oak prior to being bottled in August 2008. The wine has been further matured in bottle prior to being released for sale. Only 200 dozen bottles of our flagship wine are produced.


  • Colour: medium-to-deep brick red.
  • Bouquet: aged characters of tobacco, cigar box, leather and earth.
  • Palate: fine structure, with soft tannin and acid backbone with intense fruit characters and hints of mint. The flavours persist into the long dry finish.


  • 97 points, Tony Love ".....raises to the highest peak of what Coonawarra can achieve."
  • 95 Points, Huon Hooke


Wine Specs
Harvest Date
October 1 - 28
0.54 g/100ml
16.5 Months in French oak
Bottling Date
Residual Sugar
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
We made its first Cabernet in 1999. It was the first wine to be on the cover and has been a real hit since. This wine is a terroir driven Cabernet from gravelly, alluvial soils; very much like the gravel beds. Hence, the best Cabernet came from the main vineyard, with lots of gravel, grown on a Bordeaux Clone. Our goal with this wine is to showcase not only the best, but our most terroir driven Cabernet.
Production Notes
Only 120 cases produced
Winemaker Notes
Ruby red in color with intense aromas of dried olives and blackberries with underlying mineral and tea-like hints of espresso. Powerful, dusty Cabernet flavors hit you along with concentrated blackberry fruit flavors on the palate. The finish is clean and has a purity to it that is framed with ripe tannins that rein in the fruit.
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