This is a classic McLaren Vale shiraz. A savoury nose of olive leaf, raspberry and blackberry bramble follows through to a soft and vibrant palate offering up plum, dark cherry and soft oak, with a violet lift. The Redstone is a fruit driven shiraz made to enjoy in its youth, though will cellar well. Tannins are soft and approachable with great fruit length.
A cool spring with windy conditions led to a delay in bud-burst, but the season then saw record temperatures in late December. This was followed by a mild January/February, at the start of harvest we were tracking 10 days later than 2019. This trend followed throughout the season with the final fruit coming in during mid-April. Yields were below average in shiraz and cabernet but healthy crops on most other varieties. 2020 whites are showing delicacy in their aromatics, with fresh natural acidity. The 2020 reds are displaying bright red-fruited fragrance with great intensity on the palate. The resulting wines have an even tannin structure giving depth and longevity with an elegance of fruit.
The style of winemaking selected for Redstone results in a softer, juicier Shiraz, with more subtle tannins than is typical from our Estate grown range. Aged in seasoned French oak for 12 months, this is a balanced and very drinkable style.
Redstone Shiraz is produced from three vineyards in McLaren Vale each contributing complexity to the final blend. The bright fruit character from our Blewitt Springs vineyard, the savoury structure from the Coriole Estate vineyard and the earthy richness from our vineyard in Willunga. Redstone refers to the local ironstone so common in the soils and buildings of McLaren Vale.