Redman The Last Row Coonawarra Shiraz 2015
There’s an unquestionable timelessness to these Redman reds. Come back in a decade and they’ll still be kicking on nicely. Here’s a new release under the Last Row label, from a single row of 100 year old vines.
Open fermented, hand plunged and matured for 18 months in French oak. Classic handling. The nose has both vanilla oak and then a dash of Coonawarra mint. Classic. Underneath there is a powerful, hulking, dark chocolate and plum palate with oak rippling through the middle and a slightly drying warm finish. It’s a brutish wine, but not unbalanced, just rudely immature. Lots of flavour, lots of heart and then length for an age. Not polished, but with lots of everything else to make up for it.
Buy some for the very long haul. Best drinking: I’d wait for another 2-3yrs really, and then it will live twenty years no probs. 17.5/20, 91/100. 14.9%, $30. Would I buy it? Not yet.