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2014 Mr. Riggs McLaren Vale Shiraz

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Our Price: $35.99 / bottle (RRP: $64.98) Case: 6 x 750ml

'A full-bodied Shiraz with more of everything, and doing it well.'
95 Points - James Halliday

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    The McLaren Vale Shiraz was the first wine Ben Riggs ever made under the Mr. Riggs moniker. First made in 2001 The McLaren Vale Shiraz offers the drinker the best of McLaren Vale.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Vineyard - The 2014 Mr. Riggs Shiraz is a blend of two great McLaren Vale Shiraz vineyards: Piebald Gully, and Gateway Vineyard. Perhaps one of Australia’s most consistent wine growing regions, McLaren Vale enjoys a very Mediterranean climate driven by dominant winter rainfall, low humidity, warm summers, and the moderating influence of the nearby Gulf St Vincent. Piebald Gully is situated in the coolest sub-region of McLaren Vale, bordering the Adelaide Hills. 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.

    Winemaking - Components of the 2014 Mr. Riggs Shiraz 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. Vineyard parcels were kept separate during fermentation and maturation and were blended three months prior to bottling.

    TASTING NOTES

    This is the fourteenth release of Shiraz under the Mr. Riggs label, pristine fruit with dark red berries, hints of spice, earth, tar and leather, with seamlessly integrated oak are the prime characteristics. Ripe tannins are apparent but not overwhelming, meaning this is a wine which can be enjoyed now or in the next 10-15 years.

    Alc/vol - 14.5%

  • REVIEWS

    'From four well known McLaren Vale vineyards, fermented and matured separately in 80% French and 20% American oak, (40% new). A full-bodied Shiraz with more of everything, and doing it well. The flavours are savoury, but not the least green or sour, the powerful tannins likewise ripe. Not for everyone, the rest simply glad they can find it and buy it.'
    95 Points - James Halliday

    'Deep purple/red colour and a rich dark chocolate aroma, black fruits, vanilla and mocha. Liberal oak has been neatly entwined with the fruit. The wine is big enough to balance the oak. It has a robust, dense palate and a chewy tannin finish. A massive wine that will age very well.'
    94 Points - Huon Hooke

    'Nearly opaque black ruby color. Earthy aromas of dusty earth, dried herbs and tea, grilled plum, and chocolate and caramel with a lightly tannic, crisp, fruity full body and an interesting, medium-length ripe dark fruits, salami, cinnamon and clove, and coffee cake finish with well integrated tannins and moderate oak. A satisfying and versatile youthful Shiraz.'
    93 Points / Gold Medal - Tastings World Wine Championships 2017

    'From the Gateway and Piebald Gully vineyards of McLaren Vale. Good releases from Shiraz from 2014 from Mr Riggs here and here. Something for the big, red wine lovers to get stuck into.
    Inky red of deep concentration, slick texture, density and power. Scents of ripe black currants and dark plummy fruit, choc-liquorice, salt and cedar. Slides across the palate with authority, tannins give some train tracks and restraint. Cellar worthy stuff here, it feels very serious, and done well.'

    92+ Points - Mike Bennie

    'A melange of summer berries here, some neat ripe perfume too. It has a nutty oak overlay and a gently tarry edge too. The palate's a ball of juicy ripe plum and blackberry fruit, tannins hold soft and shapely, this is easily the best of Riggs' reds. Drink now to 2022.'
    92 Points - James Suckling

    Gold Medal / 96 Points - Australian Winestate Showcase New Release 2016

    Gold Medal - The Global Syrah Masters 2017

    Gold Medal - China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017

    Gold Medal - Japan Wine Challenge 2017



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