2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Imperial
The 2014 Redman Cabernet Sauvignon is made from grapes grown on vines that are over forty years old, and carefully hand pruned, on the Redman family vineyards in the heart of Coonawarra.
The conditions leading into the 2014 vintage were excellent, with above winter and spring rainfall. Flowering and fruit set was impacted by cold and windy weather which caused reduced yields. January and February were hot and dry, however, autumn was much cooler allowing the grapes to ripen to optimum maturity with the grapes harvested during the second week of April.
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 2016, after eighteen months aging in French oak hogsheads.
Colour: Dark red with purple tints.
Bouquet: The aroma exhibits violets and cassis dark berry fruit with overtones of oak.
Palate: The mid weight palate shows excellent flavour and structure with rich fruit and fine grained tannins. The finish is long and flavoursome. A classic Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon exhibiting elegance with excellent flavour and structure.
- 94 points – James Halliday
- 94 points – Mike Bennie
- 94 points – Gary Walsh
- Trophy & Gold Medal – Best Cabernet of Show - Cowra Wine Show 2016
- Gold Medal – James Halliday Wine Challenge 2017