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"We believe Australia’s best Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Coonawarra, which is why over fifty percent of our vineyards are planted to this variety."
In 1890 John Riddoch founded Coonawarra, the history of which is inextricably entwined with the Riddoch and Rymill families. His grandson, John Riddoch Rymill, was a distinguished polar explorer, whose son Peter and his wife Judy, both farmers and keen equestrians, established the Rymill Coonawarra Winery in 1990.
Rymill Coonawarra has two vineyard sites situated at the northern and southern ends of the Coonawarra region. Originally planted in 1974, the Riddoch Run Vineyards are 15 kilometres north of the Penola township and have been developed on a section of John Riddoch's original pastoral lease. Home to the winery, the 100 hectares of premium vineyards are principally planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
Twenty kilometres south of the Riddoch Run Vineyards and five kilometres south of the Penola township, Three Mile Lane is a 55-hectare site, chosen for the terra rossa soil profile and has been primarily planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, with smaller plantings of Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Three Mile Lane is home to the esteemed single vineyard release, Sandstone.
"The Coonawarra and Cabernet combination is a gift from nature: an exceptional mix of natural elements – a cool climate and the perfect soil. Coonawarra’s Terra Rossa soil is unique, being a mixture of red clay and fertile loam overlaying deep limestone."
"The Coonawarra and Cabernet
combination is a gift from nature"
Shannon Sutherland - Winemaker & General Manager
The talented team at Rymill skilfully blend traditional and modern practices to give us a contemporary take on the classic style of Coonawarra Cabernets:
“At Rymill, we’re putting a lot of focus into balancing the fruit with the oak and ensuring that the oak style and toast integrate with fruit that is destined for the final wine. Rather than following recipes, we are looking at each parcel of fruit and matching it with the best vinification to ensure that the wine shines.”
As a fully certified sustainable producer, Rymill are also preserving Coonawarra for the future generations. Sustainability requires full commitment in the vineyards without taking any shortcuts. Shannon Sutherland, the chief winemaker and general manager at Rymill, gained much experience working in many corners of the world - the Napa Valley, Beaujolais, Canada, the Hunter Valley to name a few. Shannon explains:
“I’m back to the drawing board with wine and viticultural trials. This research is enabling us to craft stunning wines. It all begins with the soil and how we can impact it less with reduced spraying and slashing with the use of cover crops. In the dormant winter months, we run sheep in our vines and have reduced our water use significantly. In 2018, 2019, and 2020 vintages these trials have been released as small-batch wines and the experience of these trials will then make their way into our core range. Reducing our impact on a changing climate is paramount, but so too is gazing ahead 20 years to predict that varieties we should be planting, and modern techniques that lessen the impact we make.”
We have been looking for a great Coonawarra producer who shares the same ethos as Team Vinorium. Moreover, Rymill charmed us with their multi-layered wines brimming with flavour and effortlessly balancing richness and elegance. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do…
"The abundance of blackcurrants, blueberries, liquorice, tar, graphite and sweet five spice is intoxicating."
Rymill The Surveyor Special Edition
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Winemaker "The Surveyor pays homage to John Riddoch Rymill, who led the British Graham Land Expedition to Antarctica in 1934-37, where he discovered and surveyed the Antarctic Peninsula. A complex nose with alluring dark mint, five-spice, and blackcurrants. Stylish, yet wonderfully intense wine. Lovely youthful tannins, oak, and dark ripe fruits, over a richly, structured finish. Careful cellaring for ten to twenty years will reward those with patience. 100% Coonawarra."
97-98 Points - Magdalena Sienkiewicz "Sampled following four hours of decanting. The abundance of blackcurrants, blueberries, liquorice, tar, graphite and sweet five spice is intoxicating. Complexity continues with mint, ink and cigar box. The palate is denser, riper and wonderfully plush. The sweet fruit rains down and washes with a mineral richness. Cranberries and graphite meld with fresh bay leaf and crushed dried herbs. The structure is superb and richly layered which indicates that this stunning wine will reward further cellaring and it is yet to unveil all its complexities."
"Dense and unctuously structured, it will support long years of drinking pleasure."
Rymill Sandstone Special Edition
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
96+ - 97 Points - Stuart McCloskey “The bouquet is brooding and requires a good 4-6 hours in the decanter before tackling. Aromatic with a lovely floral perfume, dried herbs, mint, bay leaf, graphite – there’s a salty / mineral feel to the nose which intrigues the senses. Medium-bodied, cool-climate feel with the sweet fruit cloaked with dried herbs and spices. There’s a crispness to the fruit – cranberry with juicy acidity. Iodine and a real marine feel to the finish. The tannins flow beautifully with the fruit and offer just the right level of support. Detailed and everything seems very natural. Very satisfying and incredibly long. My score is unkind – I will retackle in a few weeks as the original sample bottle showed much better. Too much work and not enough time to enjoy wine which takes its toll! Drink now through to 2025”.
97 Points - Magdalena Sienkiewicz "Sampled after two hours of decanting. Exuberant nose filled with dark cherries, mulberry, crème de cassis and a hefty dose of dried herbs, mint and tobacco. Beautiful notes of cedar and cigar box emanate with time in the glass. Again, the palate mirrors the perfume with a great savoury drive and a generous addition of rich minerals. The acidity is extremely well-balanced which brings a wonderful lift to this dark and expansive Cabernet. Tannins are fine-grained and beautifully integrated adding another layer of complexity. Dense and structured, it will provide many years of drinking pleasure."
£29.95 per bottle
"Classic Claret-esque and reminds me of
Château Lynch Bages from 2004"
Rymill The Classic Maturation Release
Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
96 Points - Stuart McCloskey “The perfume has developed wondrously over the course of the day (4-6 hours decanting is a must) with black raspberry, plum, violet, bay leaf, white pepper, lead pencil, cedar, and dusty earth unfurling. The palate starts with sweeter fruit notes and falls to mineral, cedar, dried herbs and tobacco. There’s lots of brightness thanks to the streak of acidity – graceful and light on its feet which I enjoy. Classic Claret-esque and reminds me of Château Lynch Bages from 2004. Dusty tannins on the finish. A lovely wine which will appeal to those seeking mature sophistication (without crippling one’s wallet). Drink now through to 2023.”
96 Points - Magdalena Sienkiewicz "Sampled after two hours of decanting. Deeply coloured and highly perfumed, this is a very exciting release from Coonawarra’s famed Terra Rossa soil - a home to some of the finest Aussie Cabernet Sauvignons. Expressive nose brims with blackcurrants, eucalyptus and lavender. Liquorice, cedar wood and a whiff of leather emerge with aeration. The palate is rich and follows the aromas beautifully as it expands further and reveals elegant savoury earthiness, star anise and hints of dark cocoa. Silky supple tannins linger and accentuate great structure. This is an utterly delicious Cabernet offering bags of flavour, quality and value."
£21.95 per bottle
Rymill Cabernet Sauvignon Three Pack
1 x Rymill The Surveyor Special Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
1 x Rymill Sandstone Special Edition Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
1 x Rymill The Classic Maturation Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2013