John “JR” Rymill, eponymous managing director of Rymill Coonawarra, has just been galavanting around the corners of this wide brown land with the annual Coonawarra Roadshow. This annual showcase highlights one of Australia’s classic wine regions in each major city and always throws in a few surprises along the way.
Along with wonderful Cabernets, refined Shiraz, Coonawarra also does sparkling, Riesling and Chardonnay exceptionally well. The longevity of these wines in a good year is never in doubt and Peter Gambetta of Yalumba was on hand to show a 1997 Menzies Cabernet which tasted 4 years old, not 19.
JR was pouring a 2004 Rymill Cabernet from Magnum and was everything that you want from a Cabernet: Black to red fruits, toasty oak and fine tannins that were perfectly integrated…and 1500mls of it. JR didn’t have the June Traminer with him on show unfortunately, but it deserves a write up none the less, as it’s one of those rare jewels that the Coonawarra dirt can unearth.
Rymill Coonawarra, June Traminer, Botrytis Gewurztraminer, 2013
Picking took place in June (as the moniker suggests). I reckon this could have well have been the last grapes picked in Australia during that vintage. 156 grams per litre of residual sugar. This isn’t a diet wine, lucky it’s only in 375ml bottles.
Light caramel in colour. Has that youthful botrytis nose of white mushroom cap along with quintessential deep honey, apricot marmalade (give-away botrytis indicator), earthy fresh wheat heads straight out the auger and a little sweet Turkish Delight. Luscious palate without being flabby or unctuous. Grilled apricots drizzled with honey, tight raisin, burnt caramel and stone fruit nectar. Still with plenty of acid providing an juicy finish to the wine. An absolute bargain.
Wine sample courtesy of Rymill Coonawarra,