The Reuben 2009


Tasting Notes

The Reuben is a unique, handcrafted, five varietal blend from Paul and Kathy Drogemuller of Paracombe Wines. 2009 was a slightly cooler ripening season, this vintage presents a well balanced, fruit driven style of wine. Fruit was harvested over several picks from late March through to mid April. This wine is made predominately from Cabernet Sauvignon. Interestingly six clones all with individual characters. The blend of varieties used in The Reuben were grown at the Drogemullers vineyard along with their neighbouring specialist local family growers. The Reuben showcases and brings together the best of the Paracombe region in an infusion of style and elegance, the hallmark of Paracombe Wines. Following harvest and ferment, the wine was matured for 18 months in French Oak barriques and hogsheads. This wine has intense colour has deep ruby tones with bright edges in the glass. The bouquet is highly aromatic with lifted aromas of poached rhubarb and plum, together with hints of delicate oak, leatherwood and spicy liquorice characters. The palate is generous and finely structured with rich, sweet fruit driven flavours of fresh loganberries and raspberries interspersed with savoury and spicy notes. The Reuben is a great food wine and complements many styles of food.

What the reviewers are saying

A blend with all the traditional Bordeaux grape varieties thrown in for good measure, and it sure works. Ripe, warm and smelling of terracotta, black currant, plum and tobacco, albeit in a riper Australian idiom. Paracombe’s signature tannins are again detailed, precise and tightly wound, corseting the fruit and reining in any excess. A delicious, restrained and pointed example of the style. A steal at the price. Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion

Wine Information

Vintage: 2009
Region: Adelaide Hills
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 56%, Cabernet Franc 19%, Merlot 11%, Malbec 10%, Shiraz 4%
Vineyard & Site Climate: Grapes harvested from the Drogemuller family vineyard and Howard, MacGillivray and Waugh local specialist sites.
Alc: 14.5%

Award/Accolade History

Highest Pointed Wine 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Two Gold Medals 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show & Adelaide Hills Wine Show, 5 Stars Tony Love The Advertiser, 91 Points Halliday Wine Companion, Bronze 2013 Royal Sydney Wine Show