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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Redbank Fighting Flat Shiraz 2000
Redbank Fighting Flat Shiraz 2000
(search item no. 56924)
Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $15.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Australian Wine Companion rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 85 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Fruit was sourced from a single vineyard in the upper reaches of Victoria's King Valley, the vines almost touch the heavens at 600 metres above sea level while their root systems burrow into the deep volcanic soils.

This site is perfect for ripening Shiraz. Crimson red with a vibrant red hue, this Fighting Flat Shiraz has lifted cinnamon and nutmeg aromas with red cherry and toasted vanillin oak in support. Forty percent of the fruit was picked early whilst exhibiting classic cool climate white pepper flavour, the balance was picked when the fruit displayed ripe jube and aniseed characters. This enabled small batch winemaking to be implemented, with the two parcels carefully pieced together at the end.

The result is an outstanding example of cool climate Shiraz. Full-bodied with a fine grained tannin structure and a sweet fleshy middle palate. Nutmeg and cinnamon fruit flavours are complimented by subtle coconut American oak. This is a wine that will reward those with patience, however, for those who can't wait, it is a perfect accompaniment to lamb shanks or mushroom risotto.

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About Redbank:

Redbank captures the rugged essence of Australia's High Country of North East Victoria as well as the collaborative spirit of the early Australian pioneers. A small, select "family" of grape growers have come together for a common effort to produce the premium fruit for the wines of Redbank. Vineyards which are lashed by blizzardly cold winter winds and buried in snow for part of the year emerge at harvest with grapes of the highest quality that enable the Redbank winemakers to produce superb cool climate wines, infused with plenty of hard work and humor.