2016
Red Heads Studio
'Yard Dog'
Red
South Australia

2016
Red Heads Studio
'Yard Dog'
Red
South Australia

Yard dog. Every street has one. Yapping and howling all day, all night. The once beloved pet has gone feral, a canine prisoner condemned to the confines of the backyard. Adored by winemakers, now overlooked, left outside the back porch of the winery.

Yet, show the pooch a little love and pamper it again and this Dog of the Yard will be your friend, wagging its tail and offering you lots of dense ripe fruit in the glass. Or so it might seem … take care with Yard Dog. Enjoy a glass or three of this big, fruit-rich red, but don’t overstep the mark!

With Yard Dog, our winemakers aim for the classic Bordeaux blend – that is Cabernet with Merlot – but, as with all true Aussies, he’s not one to stick to the standard blend. So, within the mix you’ll find the added benefits of Petit Verdot, a grape that's somewhat lost in popularity in Bordeaux circles. But we're here to champion the underdog.

So, the Cabernet was sourced from the cool coastal areas, to ensure that the grapes provided enough of the blackcurrant crunch, firm structural tannins and lovely depth of colour. The Merlot, however, is from renowned Coonawarra, perhaps best-known for Cab, but still tops for dense, damson-powered Merlot.

This red is all about fruit power and easy drinkability, with just a subtle touch of oak maturation that adds to the flavours, rather than being distinct.

  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Varietal: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon - 10% Petit Verdot - 10% Merlot
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vineyard: Varied: Cabernet Sauvignon (Limestone Coast & Coonawarra) - Petit Verdot (Fleurieu Peninsula) - Merlot (Fleurieu Peninsula)
  • Vine Age: Varied: 18-35 years old
  • Yield: Average: 4 tons per acre
  • Oak: 12 months: 90% Stainless Steel - 10% in seasoned French barrique
  • Production: 8,000 cases
Winery & Regional Information
MCLAREN VALE

John Reynell planted grapes at Reynella in 1838 and later employed a young laborer named Thomas Hardy. In so doing, the foundations were being put in place for two wine dynasties that were to dominate the region for over a century. McLaren Vale became the model of the small winery before such enterprises became fashionable in other states, and it... Learn More »

RED HEADS STUDIO

MCLAREN VALE

You'll recollect the beginnings: young Flying Winemakers doing the European Vintage, whinging that, back home in Oz, they had no freedom to make the wines they wanted to. Wineries there just kept getting bigger and fewer and being junior winemaker on a big team making a mega-brand was just plain...f-ing boring. Learn More »

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