2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Imperial
The 2012 Redman Cabernet Sauvignon is made from grapes grown on vines that are more than 40-years-old, and carefully hand pruned, on the Redman family vineyards in the heart of Coonawarra.
Good winter rainfall in 2011 and warm weather in early spring resulted in an early, even budburst. These favourable conditions continued to late October, when flowering commenced. There was a lot of wind during flowering and fruit set, which caused some problems. Summer saw dry and mild conditions, which were ideal for ripening the grapes.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested during the third week of March, which is slightly earlier than usual. The fruit showed excellent flavour and varietal definition with yields being well below average, due to poor set and a very dry summer.
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 2014, after 18 months ageing in French oak hogsheads.
- Colour: medium red with purple tints.
- Bouquet: the aroma exhibits cassis and redcurrant fruit with overtones of oak.
- Palate: the mid-weight palate shows excellent flavour and fine grained tannins. The finish is long in flavour, firm and dry. A classic Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon exhibiting elegance with excellent flavour and structure.
- 95 points, James Halliday
- 94 points, Jeremy Oliver
- 94 points, Chris Shanahan.
- Bronze - Perth, Class 90, 2014
- Bronze - Boutique Wine Awards, Class 14, 2014
- Bronze - Winewise Small Winemakers, Class 61, 2014
Bruce and Malcolm Redman