Redtail Sparkling Shiraz is a blend of 88% Shiraz and 12% Viognier, and has been named for the small flocks of endangered Redtail black cockatoos that visit our farm, regularly during summer.
The Shiraz grapes for this wine came from a vineyard in Frankland River, and the viognier from our Whicher Ridge vineyard.
The sparkling shiraz base wine is made in open topped fermenters. The viognier is added into the ferment about a third of way through ferment, to give a floral lift to the finished wine. Once the ferment is dry it is gently pressed off skins through a basket press, into barrels. After maturing in older French Oak barrels for 2 years, this wine is bottled , yeast and sugar added, and the secondary ferment occurs in the bottle which gives this wine it glorious pink bubbles. The wine is matured for another two years on yeast lees in bottle following traditional ‘methode champenoise’ procedures. It was disgorged in 2013, and was matured for a further 8 months prior to its release.
Our 2009 Redtail is an elegant Sparkling Shiraz. It has aromas of blackberries and blueberries, dark chocolate and hints of black pepper and sweet spices, complemented by a floral rose character floating up from the glass. Rich flavours of blackberries, liquorice, spice and mocha, are complemented by fine silky tannins on the palate.
Redtail is a wine which we are particularly proud of. It is a uniquely Australian sparkling wine style! Ours is a blend of Shiraz and Viognier, and we have named it after the small flocks of endangered Redtail Forest black cockatoos that visit our farm regularly during summer.
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