EATS & DRINKS
WINE: 23 OCTOBER 2014
By JOHN ROZENTALS
Rymill ... for the love of horses and very fine wine
It’s been 40 years since Coonawarra’s Rymill vineyard was founded by Peter Riddoch Rymill, whose great-grandfather John Riddoch had launched the district on the path to vinous glory in the late 1800s when he planted its first grapevines and established the Penola Fruit Growing Colony.
Peter has long been a great advocate for Coonawarra and its principal township of Penola, and has now passed the baton on to the next generation, with his son John occupying the position of Rymill’s managing director and his daughter Samantha also on the board.
There are many great stories in the Rymill family archives.
Peter’s father, John Riddoch Rymill, learnt the skills of polar exploration and survival from the Eskimos while traversing Greenland and later led the 1934-37 British Graham Land Expedition to Antarctica.
Peter and his late wife Judy were both outstanding equestrians, with Peter having won the Australian Show Jumping Championship in 1965 and Judy representing Australia many times as a three-day eventer.
The passion for horse riding goes a long way towards explaining the Rymill Coonawarra logo, the magnificent statue at the winery entrance and the naming of wines such as the Rymill 2013 Yearling Cabernet Sauvignon ($16).
That wine is a simply glorious expression of modern Coonawarra a very approachable one-year-old cabernet with distinctive minty varietal and regional aromas, and great length of flavour on the palate.
Its companion, Rymill 2014 Yearling Sauvignon Blanc ($16), has what many savvies in this price bracket don’t have real palate structure to back up the herbaceous, fragrant aroma and demand you pour a second or third glass.