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Date Printed: 12/20/2014
Rutherglen Estates The Reunion 2005
Rutherglen Estates The Reunion 2005
(search item no. 91267)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/20/2014: $16.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This is a great Rhone blend. "The Reunion" heralds the delightful 'Reunion' of 60% Mourvedre, 20% Shiraz and 20% Grenache. Mourvedre is rarely the dominant variety in these traditional blends, however the 2005 vintage saw the variety develop magnificent colour, tannin ripeness and exceptional concentration in flavor and varietal characters, adding spice and game to the blend. The Shiraz offers lovely berry fruit, pepper and color richness, while the Grenache is the strawberry, candy, vanilla and spicy support variety. Delicious drinking.
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About Rutherglen Estates:

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.