Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Coonawarra Limestone South Australia
William Redman came to Coonawarra as a fourteen year old boy, during the year of Australia's federation in 1901. He worked at the historical John Riddoch wineworks, learning his trade under tutelage of the great Ewen McBain, Coonawarra's first ever qualified winemaker. Redman continued to acquire land and plant vines, eventually becoming one of the region's most prominent landholders and founding the Rouge Homme label in 1950. The house style remains one of the most enduring legacies, from the establishment of Coonawarra to the present day.
Cabernet and Merlot grapes are harvested from some of the finest vineyards on the Limestone Coast and Coonawarra. Following the crush, fruit is vinified in a combination of new and traditional fermentation vessels while being treated to a course of plunge and pumpovers for the gentle extraction of tannins and colour. The fermenting must is cooled to ensure temperatures do not rise above desired levels. Wines are fermented to dryness on skins over a period of several days, run off and pressed before being added back to the free run. The batches are then filtered and transferred to a selection of new and seasoned French and American oak barrels for the completion of malolactic and a term of maturation.
Deep garnet red colour with a dark core. A rich and complex wine featuring attractive, sweet blackberry and ripe fruit aromas. Vibrant blackberry and plum flavours are supported by spicy oak and fine, firm tannins. Fully approachable immediately upon release, allow Rouge Homme some time to breathe before serving alongside lamb, veal or beef.