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2015 Mr Riggs Scarce Earth Shiraz

2015 Mr Riggs Scarce Earth Shiraz

Winner of Winestate Magazine Shiraz of the Year + 96 Points Huon Hooke & 95 James Halliday.

Rich, complex and powerful single vineyard Shiraz taken from the not-so-fortuitous 'Burnt Block' in Piebald Gully (that was originally wiped out by lightning strike before being replanted).

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  • Scarce Earth is a McLaren Vale initiative exploring and celebrating the geological climate and soil diversity of the region. The Scarce Earth is sourced from Ben Riggs Piebald Gully Vineyard, located in McLaren Vale’s coolest sub-region, Clarendon. Onyx, and svelte, evocative, long, and intense, this keynote wine anchors an entire winemaking philosophy. Plums, molasses, violets and vibrant fruits funnel upward, lofty, swifting, and sensual.

    Winner of Winestate's Shiraz of the Year 2018, this is always the best wine produced under the Mr Riggs label. If you power and finesse at the same time, then look no further. It is throbbing under the hood, with the seismic power of inky dense black fruit, and an abyss of tannins, sweet scented vanilla oak and chocolate and cherry ripe for days. Hard not to love this one.


    Scarce Earth is a McLaren Vale initiative exploring and celebrating the geological climatic and soil diversity of the region, As one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world, McLaren Vale delivers the Scarce Earth Single Block Shiraz range to help explore the complex influence of geology, soil, climate and topography on wine style. The 2015 Mr. Riggs Scarce Earth Shiraz is sourced from a single vineyard, Ben Riggs ‘Burnt Block’ – Piebald Gully Vineyard located in McLaren Vale’s coolest sub-region, Clarendon, This block sits in the Baker Gully area in North and South Maslin sand (Eocene between 56 and 34 million years old) medium to coarse grain sand throughout the block with iron stone out crops at the elevated site.

    The vineyard was planted in 1998 then later that year lightning struck a tree on the boundary, fire raced through and wiped out majority of the plantings, hence the name ‘Burnt Block’. The following year it was re planted and  trained as V.S.P with foliage wires 3m rows x 2m vines with the elevated block running east – west at 265m. The area ripens up to two weeks later than the rest of the McLaren Vale district and receives on average 30% more rainfall. Although a cooler sub region it still enjoys the benefits of a  Mediterranean climate – wild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Piebald  fruit is also used in Mr Riggs McLaren Vale Shiraz and Piebald Syrah, with  only the very best ‘Burnt Block’ fruit being selected for the Scare Earth  label.

    pH: 3.52
    TA: 6.73
    Alc/Vol: 14.5%
    Bottling date: 16th November 2016
    Production: 310 six packs
    Winemaker: Ben Riggs


    Onyx and svelte, evocative, long, and intense, this keynote wine anchors an  entire winemaking philosophy. Every bit a black hole for light the purples  cloak the deep reds that peep peripheral. Plums, molasses, and violets. Vibrant fruit funnels upward, lofty, swifting, and sensual. Not a single gap on the palate allows for inattention as each millilitre marks a profusion of flavour. Each revisit replies with further spice and added flourishes of fruit. It pleases into submission and smiles all the while. This wine is bouquets of violets draped on the neck of a Clydesdale. Enchanting and intense it rouses the senses and suggests excess without ever becoming overbearing.


    'Very deep, bright red/purple colour. The bouquet is bright and intensely spicy, with lashings of char-oak aromas over nicely ripe black fruits. There is a delicious core of fruit sweetness surrounded by lashings of soft tannin, the whole thing very full-bodied but effortlessly balanced and iingering long on the farewell. A marvellous, hedonistic shiraz. (Piebald Gully Vineyard).'
    96 Points - Huon Hooke (No #1 of 88 Shiraz tasted from the McLaren Vale, 2015 Vintage)

    'A strong, commanding wine with bulging muscles of tannin and cherry-berry and (dark) choc flavours in abundance. Cork-permitting, this will mature positively over a long period of time.'
    95 Points - James Halliday

    A classic Vale shiraz offering blackberry, licorice and very dark chocolate aromas with a caress of oak. The palate is utterly gorgeous, combining great length with beautifully polished tannins'
    5 Stars - Lester Jesberg