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Rutherglen Estates

www.rutherglenestates.com.au

Cnr. Great Northern Rd and Murray Valley Highway, Rutherglen, 3685

Cellar Door: Daily (10-6)

Ph: (02) 6032 7999

Rutherglen Estates is part of a large Tuileries Complex contract wine-making operation. As the Rutherglen is a permanent phylloxera-infested area all the wine-making has to be confined to the region.

The estate's vineyards contain an interesting array of alterative varieties such as Marsanne, Viogner, Mourvedre, Nebbiolo, Grenache, Arneis, Fiano, Savagnin, Sangiovese as well as regional favourites such as Durif, Shiraz and Muscat. The premium Renaissance range now includes a Zinfandel and a White Rhone blend.

Chief winemaker since 2008 is Marc Scalzo. Marc's 7 years of experience working at Brown Brothers (a cradle of innovative new varieties) puts him in good stead to deal with Rutherglen Estates'increasingly eclectic portfolio of varieties

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)

New reviews

Rutherglen Estate Renaissance Durif 2014

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink:  2024

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, powerful and muscular blackberry and stewed plum  with violet florals, pepper and liquorice notes, the palate is little warm at 15.2% alcohol, variety of French, American and Hungarian oak treatments bring roast coffee, chocolate and cedar aspects, grainy tannins (***1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Single Vineyard Durif 2013

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2020  

(GXY) Tasting:: Dec 2015,  Bronze Medal at Australian Alternative Varieties Show 2015, powerful dark plum and stewed cherries with liquorice, black olive and peppery spices, earthy and medium-full bodied palate with mocha/cedar from the French oak, open knit grainy tannin (***1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Fiano 2014

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: May 2015, barrel fermented, creamy and moderately viscous peach and lemon curd with almond and apricot blossom notes, fresh orange peel acidity, good persistence (****)

Rutherglen Estates Sangiovese 2013

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: May 2015, juicy black cherry and plum  with bay leaf notes, plump and medium bodied with underlying earthiness, sandy tannins, the French and American oak is balanced and brings some spiciness to the finish  (***1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Arneis 2014

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: May 2015,  fresh pear and apple with some lees complexity and a whiff of almond and ginger spice, fine phenolics, fractionally short (***)

Rutherglen Estates Renaissance Durif 2009

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, inky black colour, fragrant dark plum and blackberry with liquorice and violet notes, supple and medium-full bodied, quality wine that has managed to achieve varietal ripeness and power without high alcohol (only 13.5%) or heavy extract, my main personal quibble is the coffee/cedar oak that is still rather overt for a six year old wine (****1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Renaissance Viognier Rousanne Marsanne Viognier 2013

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, viscous White Rhone-style blend, barrel fermented, ripe apricot, citrus and peach with ginger spice and flint notes, slightly creamy with talcy texture, some astringent phenolics on the crisp finish (***1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Arneis 2013

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, floral and crisp apple and lemon, plump palate with some briny phenolics (***)

Rutherglen Estates Pinot Grigio 2013

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, plump pear, melon and cut hay with some citrus blossom florals and nutty lees, crisp lemony finish (***)

Rutherglen Estates Durif 2008

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2013, leathery and rather ripe blackberry and prune with some liquorice notes, meaty with modest spiciness,  firm chalky tannins with some acid grip, sweet coffee-vanilla features from a mix of French and American oak (***1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Shelley Block Marsanne Viognier 2009

Purchased: Stall at Victorian Cellar Gate Wine Show ($15)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, Bronze Medal at Australian Alternative Varieties Show 2010, 70% Marsanne, 30% Viognier, leesy and rich orange peel, peach and lemon butter with jasmine florals, a modest touch of ginger and brown spice, viscous without getting too oily, fine chalky phenolics, a good value entry level blend that is well matched to spicy asian food (***1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Savagnin 2011

Purchased: Not ($16)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2012, 20% barrel ferment in three year old French hogheads, perfumed and slightly creamy pear and lemon sherbert with musk and honeysuckle notes, a light dusting of spice, crisp citrus rind acidity (***1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Renaissance Viognier Rousanne Marsanne 2008

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, Rhone-style blend of 45% Viognier, 35% Roussanne and 20% Marsanne, fermented in French hogsheads and puncheons, rich if slightly oily and leesy palate with some barrel ferment creaminess, lemon butter and apricot with a touch of dried ginger and honeysuckle, the chalky orange peel acidity gives the palate much needed drive (***1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Sangiovese 2007

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2010, Gold Medal at Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2009, bright sour cherry and plum with toasty brown spice and black olive notes, medium bodied, savoury and supported by the ample Hungarian oak, unlike the 2006 vintage the fruit has oomph to match it with the chewy tannins (****)

Rutherglen Estates Renaissance Zinfandel 2007

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, a mosaic of spicy black and red fruits, medium-full bodied with the alcohol kept down to 14.4%, there is liquorice and coffee also evident on the glycerolly palate, the American oak also brings cedar and coconut notes, a small portion of Petit Syrah has been added to firm up the tannic structure, a short-medium term cellaring prospect (***1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Durif 2007

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, ripe and slightly stewed blackberry and plum with some cherry and liquorice notes, meaty, spicy and smooth palate, there are some firm tannins and acid grip, sweet coffee-vanilla features from a mix of French and American oak (***1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Viognier 2007

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, 15% fermented in new and one year old French oak, spicy apricot, lychee and a touch of ginger and honeysuckle, textured but gets a little too oily, crisp orange rind acidity, the oak treatment brings some coconut and vanilla nuances to the finish (***1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Muscat NV

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, youthful Rutherglen class with average of 4-5 years, fresh musky raisins with caramel, butterscotch and dried fruit aspects with some exotic spices, good length and intensity for its age (****)

Rutherglen Estates Durif 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2007, strong example of regional style, full bodied and powerful with clear varietal expression of blackberry and dark plum, not overly extractive, savoury with liquorice and dark chocolate features, fine tannins and enough acid grip and oak support to handle a decade in the cellar (****)

Rutherglen Estates Renaissance Zinfandel 2006

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2007, first vintage with this variety, brambly dark cherry, raspberryand plum, quite full bodied and savoury with sweet cedar and coconut oak aspects, fine dusty tannins, some citrus acids on the finish, decent length and power but not as focussed as the best Californian 'Zin', nevertheless a promising start (***1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Alliance 2006

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2007, well judged blend of 70% Marsanne and 30% Viognier, fragrant citrus blossom nose, pear and lemon and just a trace of apricot and dried herb, appealing texture with the restrained use of Viognier adding complexity without getting the cloying aspects often associated this varietal blend (***1/2)

Rutherglen Estates Arneis 2007

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2007, crisp pear and green apple with a touch of almond and snowpea herbaceousness, rounded barrel ferment texture with a dry finish (***)

Rutherglen Estates Sangiovese 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2007, driven by savoury plum and sour red cherry contrast, medium-full bodied with ample oak support although the tannins are a bit too grippy for the fruit (***)

Rutherglen Estates Red 2005

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2007, named after the local train, the Rutherglen Rd, rustic budget blend of 85% Shiraz and 15% Durif, medium-full bodied BBQ wine with blackcurrant, dark plum, liquorice and dark chocolate, tannins are a bit loose but who care at that price (***)