The Sally’s Paddock is the jewel in the Redbank crown. Named after winemaker Neill Robb’s wife, Sally’s Paddock is a distinctive wine made from a single non-irrigated vineyard established in 1973 at Redbank. The Sally’s Paddock vineyard grows modest crops of exceptional quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Cabernet Franc and Merlot which are hand picked at optimum balance. Small batch made with wild yeast, hand punched, basket pressed all in the Old Australian way. Extended use of new American and Nevers oak ensures that the characteristics of the unique blend from this legendary vineyard are conserved in the wine until ultimate maturity. It is universally regarded as one of Australia’s classic red wines. The unique combination of soil type, cool-mild climatic characteristics and non-irrigated traditional culture vineyards produce low yield grapes of high intensity, colour and flavour in the classic Pyrenees style.
- VIC - Other Victorian
Winery Tasting Notes
The 2010 Sally’s Paddock is reminiscent of the 1991, which Neill has described as one of his best and favourite vintages.
It has a lovely delicate floral, specifically orange blossom, bouquet with hints of vanilla bean and cinnamon. After a while, these restrained aromas open up and give way to earthy and cigar box characters that leave a distinctly European impression.
The palate has an elegant sophistication and a subtle complexity of flavours. Typical spice, black cherries and wild berry fruits are coupled with supple savoury tannins, which reveal a very well balanced, intense wine with lovely oak integration and a delicious lingering finish.
A restrained style at present and lovely to drink now but will open and develop in to a typical full flavoured Sally’s Paddock style with ten to fifteen years in the cellar. Will keep to 30 years