Reynolds was founded in 1995 with the planting of the Little Boomey vineyard near Molong in the Central West of New South Wales. Subsequently floated on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) in May 1999, Cabonne has invested A$45 million to date in the development of 900 hectares of vineyards, representing:
2,999 kilometres of vines
1.15 millon grape vines
Reynolds has developed four vineyards producing 80% red grapes:
Little Boomey - north of Orange, 503 hectares under vines
Angullong - south of Orange, 186 hectares
Mayfield - east of Orange, 40 hectares
Wirrilla - near Gundagai, 180 hectares
Following its listing on the ASX in May 1999, Reynolds has invested over $17 million in a new winery at Cudal, 40 kms west of Orange. Opened on 29 March 2000 by the Premier of New South Wales, The Hon. Bob Carr, the winery capacity now at 10,000 tonnes will grow to 20,000 tonnes over the next four years. Its many outstanding features include a 10,000 barrel underground storage facility.
In November 2000, Reynolds Wines Ltd (previously Cabonne) acquired The Reynolds Wine Company. Jon Reynolds subsequently joined Reynolds Wines as Chief Winemaker.
Learn More About Cabernet Sauvignon
(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon is the principle grape of the Medoc. It plays a supporting role in the blends of the right bank in regions such as St-Emillion and Pomerol. It also found a very successful home in California - particularly the Napa Valley - where it crafts the classic and cult wines of the region. However, Cabernet is a hearty grape, and has taken well to many regions: South America, Australia, South Africa, Washington State and Italy's Tuscan coast.
Notable Facts The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is a small berry with a thick skin and a high pip to pulp ratio. This in turn creates a wine high in color, tannin and extract. Typical Cabernet Sauvignon descriptors include blackberry, cassis, cedar and currant. Because the grape adapts to many different soils and climates, its characteristics truly reflect a sense of place. In Bordeaux you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California and Australia, you'll frequently find ripe fruit flavors upfront. Cabernet Sauvignon crafts wines as a single varietal and as a blending partner, where it can add structure and tannins.
Summing it up Successful Sites: Just about everywhere, particularly Bordeaux and California
Common Descriptors: blackberry, black chery, black currant, cassis, herbs, cedar, tobacco, earth
Learn More About Australia
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales
- New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
– A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
– This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.