Radford Dale Black Rock 2015

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney

As is our custom, only hand harvesting was employed to bring the grapes from the vineyards to our cellar and from there bunch sorting was again carried out by hand. Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed and moved to fermentation vats. A key feature of our process with this wine is that all varieties are co-fermented instead of fermenting separately and then blending. This allows for a much more harmonious and seamless blend. From here the wine was drawn off and skins lightly pressed. Barrel maturation lasted 16 months with most of the barrels ranging from 2nd fill to 6th fill. The wine matured on its primary lees for the duration of its barrel maturation in order to build the complexity of the palate while practically eliminating the need for sulphur additions. RADFORD DALE

I have always been a fan of the red blends of South Africa, both Cabernet and Shiraz based, often preferring them to the flagship Pinotage based drops. This is a perfect example of what can be produced with some great fruit and thoughtful wine making. Hailing from Stellenbosch this has an expressive aroma of black forest fruits, pepper, and spice and an inviting palate with bags of flavour including black berries, black plums and cherries layered over smooth tannins and savoury toasty notes. A lovely earthy push with wild herbs and dried spice on the close which is nicely framed with delicate oak that give a nice polish to the burnished fruit. PWS