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.
Tomato, squash, cumin, sage, white beans, cloves, saffron, black olives, fennel, pepper, juniper berries, anise, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, radicchio, thai mint, basil , cinnamon basil, chervil
2016 Une Rangee Petit Verdot
We have one row of this variety in our Whicher Ridge vineyard which we planted in 2005. Une Rangée is the French translation for One Row. Our Petit Verdot is made in ‘petit’ volumes with only 120 cases made in 2016.
2014 Long Road Shiraz
After making truly wonderful shiraz wines in the Barossa Valley, some of the most interesting and complex shiraz wines that we were tasting in Western Australia were from the Frankland River sub-region of the Great Southern wine region. So, naturally, we had to make one!
2017 The Jetty SBS
The Geographe Wine Region is renowned for making stunning sauvignon blanc semillon (SBS) blends. Blend a little semillon in with the sauvignon blanc, and it’s a match made in heaven!