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Redbank The Anvil Shiraz 2006
4½ stars - Huge wine with fabulous colour and brooding; inky characters sitting on top of the primary fruit aromas. Fresh; clean palate with lovely combo of fruit flavours with loads of tannins.
Winestate; November/December 2011
The Anvil is evidence Beechworth is on the A List for Shiraz in Australia
This wine seems a world removed from the big ironstone and eucalyptus styles of earlier Redbank reds. These were; and still are; mostly sourced from the Pyrenees or King Valley; but Anvil suggests it didn't take long to realise a piece of dirt in Beechworth was a good idea. Beechworth is A-League for a number of grape varieties; producing power with complexity and structure. Very concentrated with deep black plum and chocolate notes; opening to pepper and orange peel; all top cool-climate Shiraz characters. The palate is lush and similarly concentrated; yet very nicely cut and shaped. I suspect as the vines get older subsequent releases of this wine will become even more significant.
David Ridge; The Adelaide Review (Aus); September 2009
'Tom: Blackberry and prune aromas with a slight touch of cloves. Grippy tannins on the palate; with high acid.
Michael: Very good generosity with sweet fruit and fine tannins.
Deb: Forest fruits on the palate with a good finish.
Rob: Ripe and closed; light palate with soft tannins.'
Sarah Davey; Drinks Trade (Aus); August/September 2009
94 points - Good colour and wonderful fruit purity; blackberry and ironstone; framed by good oak; the palate is fleshy and fine; and has terrific structure on the finish.
James Halliday; Australian Wine Companion 2010
94 points - I've had this open for a day and it's at its best now; a good sign. The 2006 vintage was a good one in these parts and it shows. I'm not exactly sure where in Beechworth these Redbank shiraz grapes are grown...but I'll find out.
All the flavours you would expect from a Beechworth shiraz. Violets; blackberries; a cherried brightness and fine; lingering; purposeful tannins. It needs time to build complexity but all the building blocks are in place. Lovely to smell and lovely to drink. I wasn't sure at first but given extended time to breathe; it has me convinced.
Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front (Aus); 25 February 2009