2013
Red Heads Studio
'Yard Dog'
Red
South Australia

2013
Red Heads Studio
'Yard Dog'
Red
South Australia

The wine label may have a snarl, but the wine itself is terrifically fruit forward and friendly, with juicy ripeness and depth.

Yard Dog. The old faithful friend. A beloved household pet the whole family adores. The quintessential companion. The same could be said for these Aussie varietals, almost every winery owns one. It is said that the personality of a dog will reflect that of its owner and the character of a wine will reflect that of its maker. But winemakers beware! If you do not pamper the pooch you may find that the hand that feeds the dog may be bitten. Beware of the Yard Dog.

This is the first vintage without anything ‘weird’ showing up in the blend. No Lagrein, no Sangiovese…just good ole’ fashioned Bordeaux varieties. The Cab Sauv hails from the esteemed regions of Coonawarra and the Limestone Coast. Structure and tannins come from hearty Petit Verdot along with velvety Merlot grown on a single block in the maritime Fleurieu Peninsula. This is the most structured Yard Dog Red since the lauded 2006 vintage.

Powerful cherry and plum aromas are brightened by minerals and dried flowers. Strong bitter cherry and dark berry flavors are nicely framed by dusty tannins and pick up a bitter fruit pit quality on the back end. Finishes with youthful tannic grip and impressive persistence.

  • Region: McLaren Vale
  • Varietal: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon - 15% Petit Verdot - 2% Merlot
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Vineyard: Varied: Cabernet Sauvignon (Limestone Coast & Coonawarra) - Petit Verdot (Fleurieu Peninsula) - Merlot (Fleurieu Peninsula)
  • Vine Age: Varied: 15-30 years old
  • Yield: Average: 4 tons per acre
  • TA: 6.24 grams per liter
  • pH: 3.46
  • Residual Sugar: 4.2 grams per liter
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Oak: 11 months: 90% Stainless Steel - 10% in seasoned French barrique
  • Production: 5,000 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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