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2009 Redman Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Redman has been around for donkeys years, and the name has been parodied all over the place (just think of 'Rouge Homme'). However, the wines have always been very good and dependable, and this Cab Merlot is from a toasty vintage. It's a big, voluptuous style of wine that weighs in at 15% alcohol, and shows rich, ripe smells of blackberries, choc-coated plums and toasted cedar on the nose. The palate is full-bodied and juicy, with super-ripe dark plum and mocha flavours, hints of anise-like spice, a solid line of fine tannins, and a tight, compact finish that keeps on truckin'. Needs time or a big hunk of rare steak!

Winemaker's Notes

The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes used to make this wine were specially selected from hand pruned, low yielding mature vines grown on the Redman family vineyards in the heart of Coonawarra.

Appearance: Deep red.

Nose: A complex bouquet exhibits violets, cassis, plums and vanilla oak overtones.

Palate: The full-bodied palate shows rich, ripe fruit with velvety tannins. The flavours carry through to a long dry finish.

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2009 Redman Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A 51/49% co-fermented blend, open-fermented in concrete vats; half pressed to new French hogsheads to complete fermentation, the remainder to used hogsheads; 2 more years in oak. Mulberry, blackcurrant and Coonawarra mint flavours fill the medium-bodied palate, the tannins soft, the oak integrated.
Drink by 2025
93
Campbell Mattinson (2009 Vintage) says
Two years in French oak. Bottled in mid-2011. Only 450 dozen produced. Good insight into mature Cooonawarra Cabernet. Five years old but it’s already found itself in a good drinking spot. It tastes off leather, mulberry, toasty oak, game and tobacco. It’s juicy but firm, medium-bodied and opens up attractively as it rests in the glass.
2014 - 2020
90
Gary Walsh (2013 Vintage) says
Chocolate, mint and nougat, black fruit. Medium to full bodied, thick and tannic, very dense feel to this, with black fruit and black tobacco, firm acidity, and a dark chocolate and black olive aftertaste. It’s pretty well packed, that’s for sure. Needs a few years.
2020 - 2029
92
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
This blend is greater than its elements. The red fruit is lifted carrying the flavours and getting more merlot fruits.
2013
Rob Geddes MW
85
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
2013-2016+
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
88

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