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RedHeads Barrel Monkeys Shiraz 2016

McLaren Vale

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  • John Saker, 2017
  • John Saker, 2017
  • Wine Orbit, 2017
  • Wine Orbit, 2017
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA), 2018
  • Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, 2017
  • Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, 2017

Barrel Monkeys Shiraz sums up the very essence of RedHeads – a cellar inspiring the brightest young talents in Oz to craft innovative wines that really set a pace. Velvety, this red is lush with spicy blackcurrant fruit and smoky liquorice notes.

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Tasting notes

Rich bramble fruit, notes of mocha, classic smoky liqourice spice


Smoky liquorice, ripe blackberry, dark cherry, cloves and white pepper

RedHeads Barrel Monkeys Shiraz 2016

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  • 14.5% ABV
  • 10.88 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 20 December, 2020

Every great winemaker starts as a ‘barrel monkey’, dragging hoses and clambering over barrel stacks. At the pioneering RedHeads Studio, their true genius can be unleashed on some of the greatest fruit there is to offer. It was Tony Laithwaite’s genius idea – to bring together some of the hottest winemaking talent in Australia and let them make tiny batches of remarkable wines in their spare time. It started in a shed in the premium McLaren Vale, equipped ingeniously with others’ old kit and carefully restored. The cellar has recently been ‘reborn’ in the Barossa to lend a new creative boost, now under the guidance of talented winemaker Alex Trescowthick. Using top quality McLaren Vale Shiraz grapes, this is a big spicy red. Great with lamb.

"Very good, full-bodied. Fruity, a touch zesty. Punchy, but not so much you can't drink in quantity!" Online Review
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