October 24, 2009 Vintages Release
(939 cases of 12)
NOTE: This wine sells for $19.99 in B.C.
NOTE: The wines are made by industry veteran Roger Harbord at the Russet
James Halliday (AUS)
Issue: February 2009 – Australian Wine Companion
“Clean redcurrant and mint bouquet; fine and juicy, straight forward fruit palate.
Drink [until] 2012.”
Michael Vaughan (CAN)
Issue: October 24, 2009 – Vintage Assessments
1 ½ stars (out of 3)
“Very deep intense purple colour. Spicy, mint-tinged, ripe plum nose with some
chocolate notes. Dry, crisp, slightly spicy, medium bodied, plummy, dried red
cherry flavours with a tangy, lingering finish. Screwcap closure.”
Wine Monthly (AUS)
“Breathe and let breathe, this black fruited cabernet expands and fills the room as it
grows in the glass. It’s dark and penetrative, assertively fresh, and develops well.
The flavours are mouthfilling, clean and well defined with blackcurrant to the fore,
complemented by the spicy oak, the piquant acidity and ripe chalky tannins which
stroll majestically towards a long and august finish!”
“Smooth and silky from the start, virile black fruits and mint fragrances set you up
for a palate that’s robust with blueberry, tobacco leaf and drying tannins!” -
John Szabo MS (CAN)
Issue: October 24, 2009 – Wine Access
“Clean, simple, juicy, brightly acidic red of very modest structure and length.
Aussie Wines (AUS)
“The largest independent grape grower in the Coonawarra, Rex Watson is driven
by a vision and passion to produce the highest quality reds, to be savoured at every
occasion. Watson’s Cabernet is a project very close to heart and it has claimed
many pivotal accolades throughout the vintages. A vigorous wine that brims with
cassis, blackberry and fine, subdued oak.
After selling his highly successful industrial services business to Brambles, Rex
Watson decided to build on the core of a small 10-ha Coonawarra vineyard.
Today, a total of three Rex Watson vineyards are all situated in the heart of
Coonawarra Terra Rosa where the vines benefit not only from the great soils but
also from the cooling sea breezes and gentler growing conditions. They have been
developed using the latest technology to yield intense and concentrated fruit for
today’s discerning Cabernet enthusiast. A long ferment with up to fourteen days
on skins followed by a luxuriant maturation under a combination of French and
American oaks has resulted in a true Coonawarra classic. Approx 14.0%
Very dark red with deep purple hue. Concentrated cassis with blackberry and
currant aromas. This full bodied red offers well integrated oak, intense cassis
flavours with hints of liquorice and chocolate. An approachable and amply
structured Coonawarra to enjoy with meaty pasta, steaks and game.
Rex Watson commenced business in the Australian Wine Industry in 1991 and
began growing wine grapes in Coonawarra in 1997
In 1999 he commenced the planting of the most significant modern vineyard
development in Coonawarra. In less than 5 years this was built into a venture that
owns controls and manages almost 1,000 acres over three vineyards, all close to
the historic township of Coonawarra and well within the geographically defined
Coonawarra region. Currently Rex is the largest independent grape grower in the
world-famous Coonawarra region. At full capacity the vineyards have the
potential to produce up to 400,000 cases of premium Coonawarra wine from their
own fruit. This presents the opportunity to consistently produce high volume, high
quality premium wines year after year.
Coonawarra, Aboriginal for Wild Honeysuckle, is 230 miles Southeast of Adelaide
and first planted in the 1840s. The region achieved its reputation in the 1950s –
first for Shiraz and later for Cabernet Sauvignon in the late 1960s. Recently, both
the Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc have also received critical acclaim.
The three Rex Watson estate vineyards are all situated near the centre of this
fabled region, where the vines benefit not only from the great soils but also from
the cooling sea breezes and gentler growing conditions of the southern tip of South
Australia. They have been developed using the latest vineyard technology to
create modern and efficient vineyards producing quality grapes for today’s
discerning wine consumer.
At full capacity the vineyards have the potential to produce more than 400,000
cases of premium Coonawarra wine from our own fruit. This provides certainty of
quality fruit supply for the various wines produced by the company. All fruit is
grown under stringent conditions in consultation with the winemaker to ensure it
matches the winemaker’s intentions for the vintage.
The vineyards utilize the latest in viticultural technology: covered by a fully
automated drip irrigation (electric pumps) system complete with in-ground
moisture monitoring sensors and central computer control: a diesel motor
operated “Dan Flipper” integrated frost protection system prevents the vines from
incurring frost damage during the cool winter nights. The trellis system comprises
treated pine end assemblies, intermediate pine posts, drip wire with cordon and
foliage wires where required: all rows are evenly spaced to allow the most efficient
use of machinery in propagation and harvesting.
The majority of the rainfall occurs during the winter. With an annual rainfall of
650mm of which 282mm falls during the growing season (October through April).
Spring is cool and frosty with a mild summer, although there are the occasional
bursts of hot weather. The autumn is long and cool resulting in an extended
ripening season allowing the fruit to build up flavour, which ensures a balanced
acidity. Harvest is between mid March through to late April, and in some seasons
through to early May. The white grapes are harvested a few weeks earlier than the
Rex Watson has a vision and a passion to produce exceptional wine from the
Coonawarra Region to be enjoyed at every occasion. The unique soils and cool
climate of Coonawarra consistently produce some of Australia's best quality wines.
Today Rex is embarking on his next journey through the ever changing wine
Industry. In 2004 he commenced the production of branded packaged wine for the
Australian and overseas markets, and during 2005 started exporting to the USA
"After he sold his highly successful industrial services business to Brambles Group
in 1998, Rex Watson decided to build on the core of a small 10-ha vineyard he had
acquired in Coonawarra the year before. The business rapidly expanded, and
today owns and manages almost 400 ha over three vineyards all within the
Coonawarra region, and acquires additional grapes for the Limestone Coast
range. The wines are made by industry veteran Roger Harbord at the Russet Ridge
winery!” -James Halliday
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
VINTAGE: The 2007 ripening season was characterised by a very dry winter
followed by the most concentrated vintage in Australian winemaking history, the
result being very intense fruit flavours in the wines.
WINEMAKING: The grapes were harvested at optimum maturity and fermented
on skins for 10 days then matured for 12 months using a combination of French
Oak Alternatives and 1-2 year old French oak hogsheads.
COLOUR: Deep brick red in colour with distinct purple hues.
BOUQUET: Classic blackberry fruit and rich fruit cake aromas.
PALATE: Lively blackcurrant and blackberry flavours lift the balanced palate
while subtle oak-derived hints of vanilla toast and spice add to the structured
SUGGESTED FOOD: Enjoy with osso bucco or your favourite pasta dish.
CELLARING: Drinking now to 2012.
Merchandising sheet from producer
2005 vintage: Rex Watson has a vision and passion to produce exceptional wine
from the Coonawarra Region to be enjoyed at every occasion. A blue gold
medalist in 2007 at the Sydney International Wine Competition and 2 time bronze
winner at 2 different prestigious award shows, the Rex Watson Coonawarra
Shiraz 2005 displays favourable fruit flavours with excellent natural acid and
Tasting Notes: The cool maritime climate of the Coonawarra region has given the
wine subtle aromas of white pepper and spice along with blackberries and
raspberries. The palate shows more of the pepper and the deep berry fruit flavours
which combine with well-judged toasty French and American oak. The wine is
medium bodied and has a gentle tannin structure and a smooth lingering finish. It
matches well with venison and duck dishes along with a variety of cheeses. Was
recommended to buy in the Winestate Magazine Top 40 Best Buys in the
November/December 2008 issue.
Top 40 Best Buy’s-Winestate magazine - Nov/Dec 2008
The palate shows more of the pepper and the deep berry fruit flavours which
combine with well-judged toasty French and American oak. The wine is medium
bodied and has a gentle tannin structure and a smooth lingering finish.
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