91 points

Redbank 2001 The Anvil Shiraz (Heathcote)

Almost impenetrable at first, but with 15 minutes of air, coffee, plum skin and eucalyptus/mint aromas begin to unfold. On the palate, it’s a very textured wine; it has a thick veil of clay-chalky tannins, yet stays on the conservative side of richness and fullness. Its flavors reprise the aromas, for the most part…  — D.T.   Published 8/1/2005
91 points

Redbank 2000 Percydale Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot (King Valley)

There’s an herbal aroma that reminds me of eucalyptus trees, and the wine is very strongly flavored with menthol or, to use the winemaker’s own word, mint. This is said to be a cool area, which may explain why it’s not fruitier. That said, it’s compelling. It’s so structurally beautiful, so well balanced that you…  — S.H.   Published 12/15/2002
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90 points

Redbank 2000 The Long Paddock Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon (Victoria)

This wine is a spectacular value. It’s just delicious, filled with intense raspberry liqueur, chocolate and tobacco flavors, richly dry, with super-velvety tannins. It coats the palate with sweet, ripe fruit. True, this is not a big wine and won’t age, but on every other level, it’s superb.  — S.H.   Published 12/15/2002
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90 points

Redbank 2001 The Long Paddock Chardonnay (Victoria)

In Australia, a paddock is an enclosed area, like a corral, where livestock graze. There’s a story to the wine’s name that’s too long to tell here. It’s incredibly rich, especially for this price, with tropical fruit, lime, vanilla and peach flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy smooth, with a honeyed aftertaste. It’s a…  — S.H.   Published 1/1/2002
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89 points

Redbank 2008 The Long Paddock Shiraz (Victoria)

Redbank is the Hill-Smith (of Yalumba) family’s Victorian brand. The Long Paddock is a range of wines produced largely from purchased fruit, but this is a nicely balanced, easy-to-drink wine. Predominant notes are of mocha, mixed berry and vanilla, while the tannins are supple and the finish elegant and fruit-driven…  — J.C.   Published 2/1/2013
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89 points

Redbank 2004 Goldmine Series Sunday Morning Pinot Gris (King Valley)

Smells fresh and clean, and has a stony mouthfeel. White stone fruit dominates the palate; elegant, though not quite as concentrated as it should be. Very good, and will be excellent in another vin tage. 250 cases produced. Imported by Negociants USA, Inc.  — D.T.   Published 8/1/2005
89 points

Redbank 2002 The Fugitive Cabernet Sauvignon (Victoria)

This surely is a good-quality wine, but it follows a tried-and-true recipe. It offers dusty blackberry aromas, and blackberry and red plum flavors. It’s just the right size on the palate, with smooth tannins and a gummy hold on the midpalate. At this price, you can afford to keep a few on your drink-now rack…  — D.T.   Published 5/1/2005
88 points

Redbank 1998 Long Paddock Cabernet Sauvignon-Shiraz (Victoria)

Shiraz wine is an appealing easy drinker. Spicy and sweet dark-fruit aromas and toasty oak open to a round, full mouthfeel. Blackberry flavors and leather notes hold the sweetness in check. Finishes nicely, and a little less jammy than the nose and palate. This is a totally accessible and very satisfying wine for…  — M.M.   Published 10/1/2000