2015 The Last Row Shiraz
In Redman’s oldest vineyard stands one row of 100-year-old Shiraz vines – together with grapes from our 85-year-old vines, The Last Row Shiraz is crafted.
Season 2015 in Coonawarra began with good winter rains. Spring saw the rainfall continue with almost double the long-term average falling, a blessing in disguise with the warm weather that was to follow during summer. Flowering from late November to mid-December was cold and windy, and consequently fruit set was impacted, with January and early February being hot and dry. The warm weather brought on the ripening of many of the varieties rapidly. But the cool nights and moderate days soon rolled in around mid-to-late February. March and April were cool and mild, perfect ripening conditions.
The Shiraz grapes were harvested on a cool morning, on 5 April. The fruit showed excellent flavour and varietal definition. The grapes were mechanically harvested and crushed in the field. After two days of cold soaking, a wild yeast ferment kicked off. Fermentation was carried out in open fermenting tanks and the cap was hand plunged twice a day. The wine completed fermentation on skins, and was then transferred to new French oak barrels.
The wine was bottled under screw cap, in February 2017, after 18 months of ageing in French oak hogsheads. It's currently Redman’s only wine released under screwcap.
- Colour: medium red with purple hints.
- Bouquet: the nose shows spicy notes with dark red berries and cedary oak.
- Palate: the palate is medium bodied with sweet rich fruit and soft velvety tannin. It's a well structured wine with a long lingering finish.
- 95 points James Halliday
- Won Gold medal and Trophy for Best Shiraz of Show at the Rutherglen Wine Show in October 2017.
Bruce and Malcolm Redman