2015 Dry Land Cabernet Sauvignon
Handpicking, open fermentation and 2 years in French oak have resulted in a full bodied wine with distinct regional characteristics of mint and eucalyptus with rich blackcurrant and chocolate.
It has well integrated oak with firm tannins and lingering palate.
Enjoy now or cellar until 2030.
PREVIOUS VINTAGE ACCOLADES
95 POINTS ~ James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au
"From the low-yielding 50yo Smyth's Block at Leasingham, hand-picked, open-fermented, matured for 2 years in French oak. This is a very useful Clare Valley cabernet, reliant on its sheer power and its pure blackcurrant fruit, which make as good an opening as you could expect. The brush of eucalypt doesn't clash with cabernet, and the tannins are precisely in specification. Good to run for years yet."
DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL & CLARE VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON WINERY OF THE YEAR ~ 2017 Melbourne International Wine Comp.
GOLD MEDAL ~ 2017 Cairns Show Wine Awards
BRONZE MEDAL ~ 2017 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show
4.5 STARS ~ Winestate Magazine, July/August 2017
"Lovely ripe and nicely concentrated raspberry/mulberry fruit. Some spiciness to the nose and lovely texture and length to the silky smooth palate."
'Brother John May WINE OF PROVENANCE TROPHY' 2002, 2005, 2012 vintages ~ 2015 Clare Valley Wine Show
SILVER MEDAL ~ 2015 Clare Valley Wine Show
SILVER MEDAL ~ 2016 Cairns Show Wine Awards
BRONZE MEDAL ~ 2015 Australian Small Winemakers Show
93 POINTS & TONY LOVE’S TOP 100 WINES ~ The Advertiser, 16th July 2016
“This wine has an impressive record from previous vintages, judged the best wine of provenance at last year’s Clare wine show for the ‘02, ‘05 and ‘12 trio. Unashamedly full bodied, this has all the regional cabernet notes packed into it - intense black fruits, dark chocolate and mint aromas, and big, juicy flavour lines held in with fine, well balanced tannin coating given the wine’s muscle. It will be better with five more years age.”
4 STARS, Winestate Magazine, July/August 2016
“ ‘Great example of a Clare Cab Sav’ said one judge. Lovely minty cassis bouquet and a sweet fruit palate offering, ‘really nice drinking’.”
Dan Traucki, freelance wine journalist, published 18th Feb 2016 on www.facebook.com/dan.traucki
“Hand-picked and fermented in open fermenters giving it a huge depth of colour, typical Cab aromas with a hint of Clare eucalypt and some lovely vanillin oak. A BIG bodied wine with masses of excellent flavour. Just needs time for the tannins to round out and soften off. SUPERB”
Jason Miller, Que-Syrah, published 5th June 2016, www.que-syrah.com/reillys-cabernet-sauvignon/
“Clare Valley can experience gorgeous warm summer days. Then in the evening the temperature drops noticeably. So its more of a Continental climate, than a Mediterranean one. All this leads to ripe complex flavours, without many of the overripe characters experienced by warmer regions. The Reillys Cabernet Sauvignon shows subtle aromas of typical Clare Valley menthol, dark berries and hints of warm spices. Generally showing fresh and airy aromas. On the palate some lovely choc-mint, white pepper, and fresh opulent fruit which is in no way overbearing. The Reillys Cabernet Sauvignon is really quite a restrained style. All rounded out with gentle vanilla oak. Tannins are firm and grippy however. Possibly pairing with red meat (even some Clare Valley salt bush mutton) might tame them at this early stage.”
Bottle : 750ml
Case : 12 x 750ml
Closure : Screw Cap
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