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Reillys 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon: Wine Review

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.
Reillys Cabernet

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. Tannis are firm and grippy however. Possibly pairing with red meat (even some Clare Valley salt bush mutton) might tame them at this early stage.

Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $35
Region: Clare Valley, SA
Source: Provided by producer

Reilly’s 2015 Watervale Riesling: Wine Review

Riesling is one of the classic varieties which I adore.  Drink them young and fresh or let them develop into something altogether different with 15-20 years of bottle age.Reillys Riesling

This Reilly’s Watervale Riesling is from 2015, so obviously tasted as a young and fresh style. But with the bursting fruit, lots of freshness and a very persistent flavour definitely has me thinking this would be even more sensational in 10-15 years time.

On the nose there are beautiful floral notes, freshly squeezed citrus and a slight spicy edge. On the palate, the Reillys Riesling is packed full of fresh tropical fruit, unripe pineapple and lime juice.  A touch of citrus pith adds a bit of grip. The flavours (and acidity) linger for a longer than I can hold my concentration. At a recommended retail price of $22 its very good value.

Also read our reviews of the Reillys Sangiovese and Reillys Tempranillo.

Alcohol: 12.5%
Price: $22
Region: Clare Valley, SA
Source: Provided by producer

Reillys 2013 Sangiovese: Wine Review

Its always good to see a wine that tastes like the variety is supposed to. Not just some wishy-wash dry red from the South-eastern part of a continent. The Reilly’s Dry Land Sangiovese is true to label.  Reillys Sangiovese

On the nose there ripe dark fruit, but supported by hints of savoury black tea and a herbal sage edge. On the palate lots of acidity, and lovely sour cherries. Again more savoury black tea characters.  Tannins are textural but don’t dominate. While its a medium bodied Sangiovese, it does have a touch 5% of Cabernet Sauvignon to probably give it a little more body. But you know its a Sangiovese with the usual characteristics there.

The freshness of the wine (and probably a good dose of Italian wine sterotypes) would suggest tomato based pasta dishes, or something a little more hearty and slow cooked.


Alcohol: 14.5%
Price: $25
Region: Clare Valley, SA
Source: Provided by producer