Another great red wine vintage and all we need to do is wait a year to try it. Meanwhile, the exceptional 2013's are tasting incredibly good, so the wait won't be without interim benefits.
We are happy to offer the outstanding 2013 Merlot / Franc. It's a stunner from an outstanding Hawkes Bay vintage, and to quote respected wine critic Joelle Thomson, has "... intense purple Merlot (and) is impressive, to say the least. Youthful in aroma and taste, its aromatics are dialled up full too, thanks to a great 2013 summer... This is a total bargain."
The 2010 Basket Press Merlot/Franc is now done and dusted. There was no 2011 or 2012, and the 2013 will not be bottled until August 2014. Mark it on your calendar.
If you are desperate for a high end red (or even just moderately thirsty), try the 2006 Resolution Merlot. Pretty smart wine and into peak drinking territory about now. Only one 6 pack left in the cellar.
The last of the 2012 Rose is now gone and we didn't produce a 2013 - my apologies if you have missed out.
And in a complete break with tradition (for us), we have branched out into Syrah. Our first release, from the 2012 vintage, is a peppery / dark fruit style designed for early drinking. It has much more in common with the northern Rhone than the Barossa Valley, and as usual it is made to go with food. Expect to see much more of this under the Redmetal label in the future.
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