RAIDIS ESTATE 'BILLY' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

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RAIDIS ESTATE 'BILLY' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

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Blended from the southern vineyard and the original home block, a lovely rendition of Coonawarra's mainstay variety.  This is a smashing release, with a richness and approachability, though plenty of structural stuffing for complexity and cellaring potential.  At 13.5% alcohol this is a finer style than many, though unmistakably Cabernet.  Has a plushness to its feel, fruit is capsicum, cranberry and red currant, tannins feel ripe and fruit derived (a recurring theme in this set of reds), and just a hint of leafiness.  Lacks the sternness of some Cabs, this is a style of fruit purity, very easy to like.

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Raidis Estate

Coonawarra's newest 'kid' on the block, doing things a little differently

The Raidis family are renowned as a hospitable and hard working bunch, qualities which are clearly reflected in their wines.  Grape growers, Chris & Fran Raidis planted their Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard some 26 years ago.  Son Steven expanded these holdings, planting the southern vineyard in 2003, 50 acres made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and the region's only Pinot Gris - Coonawarra's southernmost plantings of most of these varieties.

Launching the family label in 2009, we today have a smart set of wines which, aside from the balanced and hearty reds remind us of Coonawarra's often forgotten history of producing some very tidy whites.  The wild card is a blush style Pinot Gris, certainly not your average rosé!

Fastidious growers and vineyard managers, husband & wife team Steven and Emma Raidis believe great wine is made in the vineyard, with the wine styles clean, fruit bright and contemporary, crafted to be enjoyed with food and friends.

And the goats?  An essential part of sustainable vineyard management, they are turned loose to eat remaining grapes after hand selection, as well as during winter to eat weeds and grass, removing the need to slash and spray.