REWARD yourself with a bottle of this easy-to-remember drop
RYMILL Coonawarra’s unusually-named The Dark Horse range takes its moniker from one of Judy Rymill’s favourite nags, Adlai whose lively and colourful history included bucking a senior Victorian Police Commander off at a public parade, resulting in him being condemned to death and a horrible end in a knackery.
It was only Judy’s intervention that saved Adlai – who with her care and understanding actually went on to be chosen in Australia’s equestrian team at the 1960 Rome Olympics.
A Rymill 2014 The Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon that’s just recently been released honours Adlai in appropriate form: it’s a young, lively and memorable drop, offering buyers a wine that’s all about juicy dark, and full-on blackcurrant, mulberry and dark cherry flavours, suggestions of chocolate and a hint of mint.
Maker, Sandrine Gimon likes to think of it as a “modern twist on Cabernet Sauvignon,” and at $25 it’s certainly value-buying and rewarding drinking now – we’d suggest with roast duck and cherry sauce – or for popping away in the cellar for around another five years of age and flavour development.
GREAT value result of little tricks that keep down time and materials costs.
ONE TO NOTE: SHAW VINEYARD Estate’s owner/winemaker Graeme Shaw reckons he’s able to hold the price of his excellent Winemakers Selection range to a very reasonable $16 through what he calls “little tricks that keep down time and materials costs.”
Whatever those tricks are, they certainly don’t impact on the quality of this range, with a 2015 Estate Winemakers Selection Semillon Sauvignon Blanc a ripper white to enjoy with a whole range of seafoods or lighter-meat based dishes. Predominantly Semillon with just 10% Sauvignon Blanc, it’s interesting that Graeme’s Murrumbateman vineyards carry more Semillon than the rest of the whole of this area near Canberra combined.
One to truly enjoy with this easy $16 price-tag.