2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot
Redman Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot is made from estate owned vines that are carefully hand pruned, in the heart of Coonawarra. The growing season was drier than average, and careful irrigation to optimise flavour development worked very well. Harvest was two weeks early, the result of a warmer than average October which advanced the whole season. There was a cooler finish with mild ripening conditions. The grapes were picked in late March.
The grapes were mechanically harvested and crushed in the field. Initial fermentation was carried out in open fermenters 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 under cork in February 2018, after eighteen months aging in French oak hogsheads.
- Colour: medium-to-deep red.
- Bouquet: dark berry fruits hints of violets and plums and cedar oak overtones.
- Palate: the medium-bodied palate shows ripe fruit with rich soft tannins. The flavours carry through to a long dry finish.