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Reillys Dry Land Cabernet Sauvignon

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Here we have a rich, generously oaked cab sav out of the Clare that certainly gives you some bang for your buck! Weighing it at around 15% alcohol, it's full of sweetly ripe berries and dark plums, with hints of mintiness and a decent hint of mocha. The palate is full-bodied and chocolaty, with dark fruit and mint flavours, a bit of grip to the tannins, and a dry, sweet-fruited, slightly firm finish that demands some rare roast meats for company.

Winemaker's Notes

From our low yielding, dry grown vineyards comes our premium Dry Land Cabernet Sauvignon. Only the most premium of the small Cabernet berries are hand picked from Smyth's Vineyard, then open fermented and basket pressed to produce this rich, full flavoured wine.

Matured in French oak hogsheads for 24 months, this wine displays distinct regional characteristics of mint and eucalyptus with blackcurrant and chocolate.


Awards and Accolades


Bronze Medal - 2014 Clare Valley Wine Show

Bronze Medal - 2014 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

Bronze Medal - 2013 Cowra Wine Show

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Reillys Dry Land Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Hand-picked, open-fermented, basket-pressed, maturation in French oak for 2 years. Deeply coloured and full-bodied, the bouquet and palate have some eucalypt/mint characters that were once regarded with enthusiasm, but now show a yellow card to wines of this nature. Given the depth and power of the other flavours in this wine, I'm not going to deduct points, recognising that others may take a different view. In the final analysis, this blackcurrant and choc-mint wine may well live for decades if given the opportunity.
Wine Companion
91
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
"A yummy old school style" enthused one judge. A minty lift to the fresh fruit nose. Soft, sweet and very flavoursome in the mouth with a purity of 'sharp' mint notes.
Winestate Magazine, Clare Valley and Surrounding Regions, July/August 2014
90
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2013
87
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Winestate Magazine - Cabernet Challenge 2012
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
92
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
88
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Earthy/blackcurrant aromas and sweet fruit on the palate.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
84
WINESTATE (2005 Vintage) says
Great chocolaty, rich wine with loads of character. Leathery nose with a distinctive menthol lift. Still plenty of varietal fruit on a palate with slight gamey notes, youthful tannins and warming alcohol. 5+
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011) 2011
WINESTATE (2004 Vintage) says
Huge, tannic wine - sweet, warm, ripe and complex, with choc mint and cigar box characters
Winestate 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Assertive, concentrated, slightly unpolished and sinewy, this rich, meaty cabernet has a dark, choc-mint-like bouquet of cooked, plums, currants, menthol and eucalypt. Its ultra-ripe palate is thick and powerful, if lacking in brightness and sweetness. Very firm, It's rough edges should soften with time.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
88
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Very ripe fruit flavours despite the moderate alcohol; blackberry, bitter chocolate, spice and earth; just a fraction short.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Intense choc-mint aromas of cassis, blackberries and dark plums with undertones of sweet vanilla oak, menthol and meaty suggestions of Bovril. Robust and richly textured, its very regional, minty expression of dark plums and small berries is framed by a firm, sinewy spine of bony tannins, with lingering nuances of menthol and eucalypt.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
88
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
Minty, leathery aromas of cassis, plums and chocolate, with a ripe, robust and slightly overcooked palate whose minty fruit is given sweet, but rather clunky oak.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
86
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Savoury, earthy, blackberry fruit, and a dusting of spice; ample length.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
90
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Medium red, the purple starting to fade; moderately intense and ripe blackcurrant fruit aromas translate into the driver of the powerful and ripe palate entry, balanced by savoury tannins on the finish. Not especially complex, but certainly has flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
86
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the earthy/savoury/oaky aromas of the bouquet come through on the palate, which has fair length and depth, but is by no means luscious.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
85

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