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. The 2013 Basket Press (both a Merlot/Franc and a Syrah) and 2013 Resolution Merlot wines are due to be bottled this week, so they will be ready to go next week. Not looking too bad, if I do say so myself...
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."
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.
"The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all" - Jawaharlal Neh