Redtail Sparkling Shiraz is a blend of 90% Shiraz and 10% 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 4 years on yeast lees in bottle following traditional ‘methode champenoise’ procedures. It was disgorged in February 2021.
Our 2013 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
2019 Mademoiselle V Viognier
We love Viognier for it’s generosity of flavours and it’s ability to match with a wide range of foods, including dishes with spicy, chilli and thai flavours. Warning, you may fall in love with it too!
A blanc de blanc sparkling made from chardonnay. The secondary ferment occurs in the bottle, which is when the magic happens and those glorious fine beads of bubbles are created. Whitetail is named after the endangered Whitetail Black Cockatoos who regularly visit our farm.
2016 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!