The new icon wine from Rymill Wines is named after John Riddoch Rymill, grandson of John Riddoch, who founded Coonawarra in 1890. Rymill was an Australian polar explorer; and both a surveyor and pilot. There was a lot of pressure on French winemaker Sandrine Gimon to come up with a wine that was good enough to stand as a salute to a Rymill family hero – and she’s come up trumps with a cracking, complex and beautifully balanced red wine that’s made from 85 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 10 per cent cabernet franc and 5 per cent merlot – a classic Bordeaux blend that is smooth and structured with no rough edges, but also intense, textural and interesting. It can be pre-ordered at www.rymill.com.au/thesurveyor and will be released on December 1. $80.