Rymill, Coonawarra

   Rymill wines (http://www.rymill.com.au/) present great value, seamless ageing, and plenty of flavour across their range. In particular I’m mentioning the mc2 wines – a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc that’s rich, elegant and silky smooth. Rymill’s mc2 was stated “best buy under $20. Highly recommended” by Gourmet Traveller Wine last year (Peter Bourne). Being from Coonawarra this provides classic terroir for great quality Cabernet and other varieties. Rymill’s straight Cabernet Sauvignon also shows well across every vintage.

Overall tasting notes for the Rymill mc2 1999, 2000 and 2001: Really presents its elegance but with no sharpness that can come from a lot of young cabernet wines. Nose is lifted with violet and raspberry, with black fruit and plums. Palate has ripe plums upfront enveloped in subtle, silky and chalky tannins that give a slight grip to the wine, with dark chocolate and subtle spices such as black pepper and cinnamon, oak is well integrated and adds to smoothness of the wine through to a decent finish. Great for those who find straight cabernet wines a little too astringent – this is a good quality cabernet blend that’s very approachable and versatile. Can cellar well in the medium term, especially for a $20 wine.

Rymill Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 1990 – Nose complex with sweetness. Palate upfront plums and earthiness with leather, oak and blackberries, through to a smooth and pleasant finish. Drinking even now, but I think as it was cellared correctly.

Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 1996 – Nose more vibrant than 1990. Plenty of red fruits on nose and palate, with savoury complexity and silky tannins. Drinking now with plenty of secondary characters.

Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 – Hint of cedar, aniseed and plums on the nose with a pleasant palate, soft tannins and good mouthfeel. This would be the last year to drink it.

Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 – Nose bit lifted and aromatic, with dark characteristics such as licorice and blackberries, as well as rhubarb and delicate spices. Palate rich with red and black fruits, cocoa and velvety tannins that are soft like the 1997 but a little more vibrant. Smooth finish with an old fashioned feel without the wine falling over.

Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 – Hint of mocha on the nose with earthy and leather characteristics and a little bit of lifted complexity. Palate plenty of juicy (from the acid) plums and blackberries, with savoury, delicate spices and tannins well integrated to a smooth finish.

If you are interested in these wines they may still be available at great prices through http://www.wineiq.com/ via a personal wine broker to help you.

Cheers!

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