To quote Ray Jordan himself, ‘what a year is has been’. While there is no need to reiterate the various events that has filled our news each night, what we have discovered is the resilience of our team and our industry. We appreciate good news when it comes our way!
The 2021 edition of Ray’s Wine Guide has done just that – adding sunshine to our week! Evans & Tate have, once again, performed extremely well with the 2018 Redbrook Estate Shiraz providing further evidence that the 2018 vintage is ‘now the state’s greatest’. Scoring even higher, with 97 points, the 2016 Redbrook Reserve Chardonnay is “a thoroughly beautiful chardonnay…exquisite.”
Full reviews are listed below, a testament to Senior Winemaker Matt Byrne’s hard work and talent.
Best Cellaring Wines Reds $26 to $50
2018 Evans & Tate Redbrook Estate Shiraz | 96/100
Terrific shiraz from this excellent vineyard in an excellent year. Engages from the start with scents of spicy, infused plum and cherry with a little vanilla pod concentration. The palate is seamlessly structured with fine, powdery tannins sitting within the powerful fruit. It’s such a poised wine that builds effortlessly through the palate to a long finish. So bright and energetic. Cellar 12 years.
2016 Evans & Tate Redbrook Reserve Chardonnay | 97/100
Wow. This is a thoroughly beautiful chardonnay. The striking feature is its delicacy and restraint while still delivering a persistent and insistent palate length. Restrained grapefruit and melon aroma with a muted backdrop of smoky oak. The palate is relentless as it pushes with precision and focus towards an extended finish. Dry, savoury finish puts the final touch to an exquisite wine. Cellar ten years.
2018 Evans & Tate Redbrook Estate Chardonnay | 95/100
Such a fine, delicate and sophisticated chardonnay here. Minerally grapefruit aromas strike on the nose while the palate delivers with deft precision and focus. The stone fruit, citrus and faint pear character on the palate are held with a super fine-grained oak contribution. High-class stuff at a very affordable price. Cellar seven years.
2015 Evans & Tate Redbrook Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon | 93/100
A beautiful example of this vintage where the wines were all about reserve and restraint. Lifted aromas of high-end savoury herbs and bay leaf with a little thyme. The palate is more in the medium zone, but with consistent, persistent flavours that build in the mouth. Savoury, sinewy tannins are firm and assertive, while the oak sits harmoniously within. Cellar 12 years.
2018 Evans & Tate Broadway Cabernet Sauvignon | 92/100
Plenty of flavour intensity in this medium-bodied cabernet. Blackcurrant displays a juicy richness. Then there is a black olive and savoury meaty influences. Toasty mocha oak works into the fruit to create an appealing wine for the medium term. Cellar eight years.
2019 Evans & Tate Single Vineyard Cabernets | 90/100
A highly perfumed cabernet blend from the Wildberry Springs vineyard. Scents of violet and blackcurrant with an edgier note of block olive. Firmish tannins and savoury oak work well. It’s bright and medium-bodied, and a good reflection of this cool Margaret River vintage. Cellar six years.
2018 Evans & Tate Single Vineyard Chardonnay | 93/100
2018 Evans & Tate Broadway Chardonnay | 91/100
2017 Evans & Tate Redbrook Estate Cabernet Merlot | 91/100