Rutherglen Estates The Reunion 2006
Rhone Red Blends from Victoria, Australia
Composition: Mourvedre 58%; Shiraz 24%; Grenache 18%
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red. Intensely perfumed bouquet of spicy red berries, flowers and minerals. Tangy and sharply focused, offering juicy raspberry and cherry flavors, with fine-grained tannins providing shape and grip. A fresh, open-knit wine that is all about sweet fruit right now. Finishes with excellent cut and persistence."
Rutherglen Estates Winery
Undoubtedly this is the most exciting and ambitious vineyard project since Rutherglen was first planted back in the 1850's. Since 1997 Rutherglen Estates has planted almost 360 hectares of vineyard, spread across 5 separate hillside vineyards. The largest vineyard is "Melville’s" with 113 hectares planted. The vineyards are planted predominantly to Rhone red varieties with Shiraz, Petit Sirah, Grenache and Mourvedre being the main focus. In addition there are substantial plantings of Marsanne and Viognier. The warm and dry growing conditions on these meticulously tended hillside vineyards are ideally suited for these varieties. Given the heritage of the region, there are almost 40 hectares devoted to Muscat and Tokay plantings. With the very talented young Winemaker Nicole Esdaile lured from WA, the second series of Rhone themed releases are about to be launched. View all Rutherglen Estates Wines
About VictoriaView a map of Victoria wineries
From stickies to Pinot Noir, Victoria is varied in its wines. The southernmost state of Australia, Victoria is third in wine production, after South Australia and New South Wales. The state is home to Yarra Valley as well as other cool climate growing regions, and yet, it also houses the regions of Rutherglen & Glenrowan. These two areas are hot and dusty and famous for their sweet, fortified stickies.
Notable FactsLots of coastline gives Victoria a cool climate, appropriate for growing grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Many new regions are discovering their growing potential – especially with these grapes. Inland is a bit warmer, and some of the best fortified wines are made here,as well as some good shiraz. Victoria also makes the most Sparking Shiraz.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsMichael E Fitzgerald - Humble, TX41/27/2012This wine was delicious. It is a big wine, bold, yes, but also smoky and quite mellow.Stkhouse bartender - Bay Village, OH11/15/2012Advertises fruity big and bold. Can't even describe what I got. Dirty with a splash of dishwater perhaps? I couldn't finish one glass.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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