Raidis Estate are one of the young Kids (pardon the pun) continuing the drive forward of the Coonawarra Region. Balanced, easy drinking whites and lovely approachable reds. They make the kinds of wines you want to drink, and they’re the kind of people you want to drink with, so catch them around the country with the Coonawarra Roadshow.
A surprise packet from Coonawarra and arguably the right point of difference to make Raidis stand out from the crowd. A very soft pink hue in the glass. Expressive nose, textural & spiced pears. Crisp acid, not a trace of puppy fat. Complex enough so there’s no chance of it being simple, yet easy enough that you don’t have to think.
Every farm needs a working dog. This is how you want Sauv Blanc to be. Potently perfumed with plenty of Passion fruit, soft grass and baby asparagus spears. Palate has firm honeydew melon firm flesh, banana lolly esters, zings with lemon/lime acid. Not cloying, not overt.
Full nose with kerosene hints, citrus rind and juice. The initial plushness belies the recalcitrant palate. Crunchy, almost dry biscuit texture. Lime juice sneaks its nose up, like a whale expelling from the blowhole, then disappearing under the waves of austerity.
Opens up with Cherries, plum skins, cuddly oak & a little chicory spice. Just medium bodied, friendly fruit. The young acid still a sticking out a little, there’s a touch of Coonawarra stalkyness/herby goodness for a touch of complexity.
Understated Shiraz, as Coonawarra can be. Sour cherry, Fresh earth, perfumed purple fruit, smackings of pepper. Fruit forward, but not jammy. A touch of black olive savoury character to balance the sweet berry fruit. Sandy tannins complete the picture. Good value.
Savoury, blackberry, blackberry jam and Cigar outer. The palate smooth fruited up front with more of the same flavours as the nose: elegant with fine tannins permeate. This seems simple now, but just leave it alone for a while and will reward the time.
The Trip Cabernet/Shiraz/Merlot, 2012
Plenty of overt fruit, massive amounts of blackberry, mulberry and plums. Opulence yet at at the same time: tight and reined in. Topped with pepper spice and lovely velvety oak, then emboldened by fine tannin exoskeleton. Ageing potential combined with immediate drinkability makes for a conundrum of the best sort.
All wine samples courtesy of Raidis Estate