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Redbank Long Paddock Shiraz - Cabernet 2003
This Long Paddock Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon will develop favourably in the bottle over the next 2-4 years and can be enjoyed with hearty meat dishes or with char grilled steak or lamb at your next barbecue.
Medium in body and possessing smooth, elegant tannins, The Long Paddock Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 offers flavors of blood plums and cherries, contributing richness to the mid palate, while a smooth, long and layered finish offers toasty oak, creaminess and spice.
The Long Paddock Wines. The Long Paddock wines honor the ingenuity and courage of the early Australian drovers. Inflicted with cruel and regular droughts , these men and women faced the option of giving up and starving along with their cattle and sheep or flinging open their boundary gates and allowing their stumbling, starving stock to roam the bush roads and tracks in the desperate hope of finding food and water. Somewhere. Anywhere. This was known as "droving the Long Paddock", a task that could take them away from their family and home for months and months, sometimes even years. Fortunately some stock was saved. Unfortunately for some, when the rains didn't arrive the heartbreak of seeing their stock die became a regular occurrence. Inspired by the courage of these brave pioneers, Redbank began sourcing selected fruit from many of Victoria's premium wine growing regions. This was the beginning of the Long Paddock tradition.
A large, climatically diverse country producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia is not just a source of blockbuster Shiraz or inexpensive wine with cute labels, though both can certainly be found here. Australia has a grand winemaking history and some of the oldest vines on the planet, along with a huge range of landscapes and climates; it is impossible to make generalizations about Australian wine. Most regions are concentrated in the south of the country with those inland experiencing warm, dry weather, and those in more coastal areas receiving humid and tropical, or maritime weather patterns. Australia has for several decades been at the forefront of winemaking technology and has widely adopted the use of screwcaps, even for some premium and ultra-premium bottles.
Shiraz is indeed Australia’s most celebrated and widely planted variety, typically producing bold, supple reds with sweet, jammy fruit and performing best in the Barossa and Hunter Valleys. Cabernet Sauvignon is often blended with Shiraz, and also shines on its own particularly in Coonawarra and Margaret River. Grenache and Mourvèdre (often locally referred to as Mataro) are also popular, both on their own and alongside Shiraz in Rhône blends. Chardonnay is common throughout the country and made in a wide range of styles. Sauvignon Blanc has recently surged in popularity to compete with New Zealand’s distinctive version, and Semillon is often utilized as its blending partner, or in the Hunter Valley, on its own to make complex, age-worthy whites. Riesling thrives in the cool-climate Clare and Eden Valleys. Sticky-sweet fortified wine Rutherglen Muscat is a beloved regional specialty of Victoria. Thanks to the country’s relatively agreeable climate throughout and the openness of its people, experimentation is common and ongoing, and there are a vast array of intriguing varieties to be found.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.