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2016 Mr Riggs Shiraz
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- Cellar Drink Now - 10 years (2018-2028)
- ABV 15%
- Closure: Diam Cork
This wine is regularly one of the best Shiraz to come out of McLaren Vale, the 2015 vintage awarded best in show at the prestigious 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards. Produced from a blend of two great McLaren Vale Shiraz vineyards; Piebald Gully and Gateway. Piebald Gully is situated in the coolest sub-region of McLaren Vale, bordering the Adelaide Hills. It’s planted in deep sand over at the base of Willunga foothills and is virtually dry grown. Gateway Vineyard, so called as it stands just at the entrance to McLaren Vale, is located in the subregion of Seaview. The vines grow on top of a rather unusual amount of limestone rock and has views of the Gulf of St Vincent and the Adelaide Hills. Components from both vineyards were fermented in traditional open fermenters, and following pressing, finished their fermentation in oak of which approximately 80% was French and the balance American, 35% of which was new oak. The maturation time was 18 months.
A sublime Shiraz from the maestro of McLaren Vale.
Impenetrable black as night core with a very deep dark red black hue. Potent ripe blackberry and liquorice aromas soar from the glass trailed by dark plum and dark chocolate nuances. Toasty vanillin oak, light earth and spice also chime in to add further complexity. Intensely concentrated, decadently rich and possessing an opulent textural feel, ripe blackberry, liquorice and dark plum flavours explode across the palate saturating every inch of the mouth. Subtle dark chocolate, vanillin oak and spice then move in on the back palate. Despite the very plush feel a sturdy structure lurks beneath, the tannins seamlessly integrated and silky smooth. Great fruit purity with an exceptionally powerful finish that’s loaded with lavish black fruits, a touch of dark chocolate, vanillin oak, light earth and spice.
Drink this rich seductive beauty over the next 10 years.