Redman Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2018: Review

It’s been a massive year for Coonawarra stalwart Redman Wines, which this year notched up its 112th anniversary, and 50 years of making cabernet.

And then, the news that fourth-generation family members, brothers Dan and Mike Redman, have become part-owners of the business.

Drinks Adventures and other wine media were scheduled to attend a special May 2020 tasting in Melbourne to mark the 50th cabernet vintage. Needless to say, this event sadly didn’t eventuate.


The Redmans instead sent a selection of current, future and museum releases, generously including the spritely 1991 Cabernet that I previously commended on Instagram.

Redman Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

The standout new release is the Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, which brims with seductive black fruits, allspice and those classic leafy cabernet notes.

It has a real delicate touch about it, this wine, with subtle oak treatment lending structure and complexity to its superb rich fruit core.

Based on my experience of that delightful 1991 vintage, I’d suggest the Redmans have been similarly conservative with their estimated ten-year drinking window for this release.

Everything is superbly balanced, so I have no doubt it will retain its poise well into another decade and possibly beyond.

This week on the Drinks Adventures podcast, we heard from Andrew Caillard MW that there are many Australian wines offering extraordinary value at around the $20 to $30 price bracket.

Case in point, this release from a storied family-owned winery in one of Australia’s blue chip cabernet wine regions.

Best yet, it’s one of the first vintages of this wine under screwcap. I’ll be putting a few in the cellar and suggest you do the same.

RRP: $30
Source: Sample

Andrew Caillard MW on ultra-fine Australian wine: S7E4
Matthew Jukes on The Great Australian Red: S4E3
Yalumba winemaker Louisa Rose on The Signature Cabernet Shiraz: S6E9

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