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Rymill Coonawarra

Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra, 5263

Cellar Door: Daily (10-5)

Ph: (08) 8736 5001

Rymill winery (photo:genxywines)

Peter Rymills is a descendent of John Riddoch. He and wife, Judy, have long owned land there to pursue their equestrian passion but only diversified into grapes since 1970. The winery itself was established in 1990.

Originally only small amounts were made but like most Coonawarra winemakers they have leapt into large scale commercial production.

John Innes, a Charles Sturt graduate, is the winemaker and general manager.

The portfolio includes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, a Bordeaux blend, a sparkling red and white, a Rose (from Cabernet and Petit Verdot), with most unusual wine being the botrytis Gewurztraminer. The Yearling is the second label.

The large and slick cellar door also features the bronze stallion scuptures that are featured on the label.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Latest Reviews

Rymil The Surveyor Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($90)

Drink: 2030+

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, powerful and intense blackcurrant essence and redcurrant with black olive, seaweed and mint notes, linear, full bodied with excellent length and persistent firm tannins, spicy vanilla/cedar oak (*****)

Rymill Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink:  2027

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2016, floral and intense black cherry and cassis with violet, mint and tobacco notes, linear, earthy and medium bodied with firm, slinky tannins and spicy cedar/vanilla oak (****)

Rymill The Surveyor Cabernet Sauvignon  2010

Purchased: Not ($80)

Drink: 2028+

(GXY) Tasting:  Dec 2015, powerful and pristine long cellaring super=premium showing tightly wound cassis and redcurrant with seaweed, violet and mint . very long minerally palate with ample spicy cedar from 19 months in French barriques, the tannins are tight and firm, has a long life ahead of it  (*****)

Rymill June Botrytis Gewurztraminer 2008

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, from an occaisional natural botrytis infection, grapes were left to hang until June, moderately viscous showing dried apricot, bees wax and sweet guava with musky spices and a touch of Turkish delight, also had what I call a golden autumn leaf aspect to the palate, very good acid balance, is approaching its optimal drinking window (*****)

Rymill Gewurztraminer 2012

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2013, surprise for the region, dry and varietal lychee, passionfruit and rose petals with musky spices, delicate and fine talcy texture, not oily with some fine phenolic grip and clean acid, commendable effort (****1/2)

Rymill Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, ripe cassis and plum jam with mint and bay leaf notes, the medium bodied palate has good line and length, slinky savoury tannins with charry cedar-vanilla French oak and firm acidity (****)

Rymill The Yearling Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, creamy barrel fermented showing cut grass, nettle, lime and lychee notes, waxy mid-palate with a chalky grapefruit undercarriage, good value (***1/2)

Rymill Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, medium-full bodied plum and cassis with violet, white pepper and mint notes, earthy palate hollows out and is rather dominated by the smoky cedar oak, firm grainy tannins (***1/2)

Rymill Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, ripe blackcurrant with a light dusting of white pepper, anise, smooth medium bodied palate with dusty savoury tannins and a mentholly finish (***1/2)

Rymill Coonawarra Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, pre-release tasting, light and clean showing cut grass, lime, passionfruit with some herbal notes, lingering chalky lemon acids (***)

Rymill The Yearling Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, bright blackcurrant and raspberry with black pepper and a touch of liquorice, earthy and cedary, dusty savoury tannins, some capsicum and cigar box notes on the finish, good value drink soon style (***1/2)

Rymill Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, ripe black cherry and blackcurrant with white pepper and dried herbal notes, appealing savoury tannins run through the palate, unobtrusive French oak (****)

Rymill Coonawarra Shiraz 2002

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, lively blackcurrant, dark plum and raspberry, smooth and earthy with some white pepper, dark chocolate/cedar/vanilla oak features, fruit just lacking in genuine length to get higher score (***1/2)

Rymill Sauvignon Blanc 1999

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, special back vintage to show that you can cellar Sauvignon Blanc, soft, honeyed and toasty palate showing lime and passionfruit with some muskiness, the finish is surprisingly fresh and crisp for its age (***1/2)

Rymill The Yearling Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Purchased: Not ($17)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, light-medium style showing tropical fruit, hay and passionfruit with some musky nuances, fresh citric acid finish (***)

Rymill The Yearling Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Purchased: University Hotel, Lygon St, Carlton ($15)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: May 2006, fairly light style with tropical fruit flavours and mild grassiness, tangy finish (**1/2)

Rymill Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Purchased: King and Godfrey, Carlton

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2005, typical smooth blackcurrant and dark plums, some fruit brightness and quality French oak, earthy but a touch green-edged and herbaceous, OK for a Coonawarra without the heavy oaking of the late 90s vintages, shame to have had it so young (***)