2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Imperial
The 2011 Redman Cabernet Sauvignon is made from grapes grown on carefully hand-pruned vines that are more than 40-years-old, situated on the Redman family vineyards in the heart of Coonawarra.
The 2011 vintage saw above average rainfall during winter, and colder spring soil temperatures, which contributed to a slow bud burst, delivering shorter shoot growth up to flowering in November. Several rainfall events over the November/December period meant good disease control was essential. Fruit set was relatively even in all varieties. Summer conditions were cooler and wetter than average, as was autumn.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested during the first week of April, however, the sugar levels were much lower than recent years. The fruit showed good flavour and varietal definition, with lighter colour, and yields being below average.
The grapes were mechanically harvested and crushed in the field. Initial fermentation was carried out in open concrete fermenting tanks and the cap was hand plunged twice a day. One-third of the wine was run off into new French oak hogsheads, where fermentation was completed. The balance of the wine completed fermentation on skins, and was then transferred to barrels.
The wine was bottled, in February 2012, after 18 months ageing in French oak hogsheads. The cooler growing season has resulted in an elegant Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon in the traditional style.
- Colour: medium red with purple tints.
- Bouquet: the aroma exhibits red berry fruits with overtones of oak.
- Palate: soft subtle tannin, delicate Cabernet berry fruit flavour and a clean acid backbone are the features of this wine. The palate is medium bodied while the finish is soft and long.
Bronze - Melbourne, Class 46, 2013
Bruce and Malcolm Redman