2013 Rymill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra

SKU #1276708 94 points James Halliday

 Clean and Pure. A flood of blackberry and mint with subtle tobacco notes over the top. Classic flavour profile with structure, though it remains fluid, even seductive.

93 points Wine & Spirits

 John Rymill’s family founded Coonawarra - he’s the great-great-grandson of John Riddoch, who established the district in 1890. Rymill’s father began to experiment with vineyards in 1968 at his horse farm in Penola, at the southern end of Coonawarra, with their current vineyard planted between 1974 and 1982. Those vines produced an elegant, crisplined cabernet in 2013, concentrated in its dark, herbal fruit, formal in its structure. The tight kernel of flavor yields to a pleasurable texture; the wine has presence without any excess weight, structured to develop with age.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet in color with a hint of purple, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has a lovely nose of crushed blackberries, blueberries and plums with hints of cedar, menthol, mocha and spice box. Medium to full bodied with plenty of expressive, youthful black fruit and a gentle suggestion of sautéed herbs in the mouth, it has firm, grainy tannins and a lively backbone carrying the fruit to a long finish. 90+ Points (LPB)  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

91+ points Wine Front: "Smells regal, if there’s such a thing. Lavender oil, fine mahogany, smoke, ripe black berries, fig and date dried fruit, bayleaf. Complex perfume. Courses across the palate with firm tannin, black fruit, squeaky acidity - a chewy wine that spreads across the palate with assertiveness. One for cellaring, but should drink well as it unfurls." Fantastic, benchmark Coonawarra Cab from 40 year old vines...and a very reasonable price point. What's not to love!? (Ryan Woodhouse K&L Aussie Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/14/2018 | Send Email
There's a reason why Cabernet Sauvignon is the most planted varietal in the Coonawarra region of South Australia, and the Coonawarra Cabernet is beyond exceptional for the 20 dollar price point. The flavors of black currant and cherries leave on long lasting impression that keeps you asking for more... Could this cab be the steal of the century? I think so. :-)

Staff Image By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/14/2018 | Send Email
I was drawn into this wine from the very first moment I put my nose in the glass. The aromatics burst forth from the glass and scream out its unique deliciousness. I was especially intrigued by the tandem aromatics of black berry pie, eucalyptus, and a hint of wood spice. The dark berry aroma dominates followed by that classic Australian hint of menthol. The wine possesses bold power on the palate and coats the tongue with brambly fruit and a dusting of properly integrated tannins. The finish is long and cool. This wine is a must have for all lovers of bold reds. I’d suggest it could easily go head-to-head with any comparable wine in the $30 to $40 range. I’m impressed and I’m sold.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.5