REDMAN ESTATE THE REDMAN 2004
Dark dense and opaque, there is a wonderfully exotic expression on this 13 year old Cabernet based blend. Such a complex interwoven nose of sweet tannery leather, burnt oranges, citrus peel, cedar spice, violets, salty liquorice, tart cassis, and earthy, oyster shell notes. There is just a hint of bruleed blackberries in milk chocolate with caramelised molasses hints. The palate is as expressive as the nose, truly characterful with an impressively salty, tart crystalline acidity, picante notes of cedar wood spice and liquid minerals, edgy gravelly tannins and a salty, dense, textured orange peel tinged finish. A truly impressive wine that is embracing its age gracefully but only because it knows its muscles are still bristling youthfully underneath a designer t-shirt.