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2016 Mr. Riggs The Gaffer Shiraz

2016 Mr. Riggs The Gaffer Shiraz

'A block of inky flavour. Fruit and oak, florals and spice... its strengths are quite something.'
90 Points - Campbell Mattinson, Halliday's Wine Companion

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$239.88 (Case 12 x 750ml)

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  • Winemaker Ben (Mr.) Riggs follows the philosophy “iconic wines from iconic regions”. Whether it’s McLaren Vale Shiraz, Coonawarra Cabernet, or Clare Valley Riesling, his wines are expressing the essence of the vineyard and variety in a style that is big, rich and complex, but also with finesse, texture and elegance.

    Regarding the Gaffer Shiraz, in Ben’s own words: “Think Ella Fitzgerald – bombastic and powerful with a huge vocal range, yet with purity of tone and a gentle sensibility when needed.”


    Grapes for “The Gaffer” have been sourced from the best vineyards from a variety of McLaren Vale’s best sites A tried and tested area for growing full-flavoured Shiraz, McLaren Vale has almost the perfect climate for grape growing; warm summers, low humidity, good winter rain and long Autumns to ensure that grapes achieve ripeness, flavour, acid and balance. Vintage 2016 experienced small yield, however, a yield of great quality grapes that produced elegant, pretty, feminine Shiraz. The winter was relatively normal, very wet like preceding vintages 2014 & 2015 . The soil moisture was favourable, leading into the spring. January was very warm, and winds were very strong which contributed to a loss in yield. Overall, a favourable vintage that lead to great quality Shiraz.


    A firm aromatic slap of blackcurrant precedes rose, thyme, and paprika, and these heady notes complex into cherry wood, white pepper, and vanilla on the palate. All of this is matched to the texture of velour, but with much more
    style. “The Gaffer” is a flavoursome, fruit driven, full bodied Shiraz that is
    exceptionally well balanced and assured to please the palate.


    'A block of inky flavour. Fruit and oak, florals and spice. Volume is the main message. The finish is the wine’s weakest point but its strengths are quite something.'
    90 Points - Campbell Mattinson, Halliday's Wine Companion

    'Deep, dark colour and a rich, very ripe, gently oak-tinged bouquet. Lively, fresh acid palate, with blue and dark berry flavours. Straightforward but flavoursome, a big and bold good-value red for every day. '
    Huon Hooke, The Real Review

    'Spirited and assertive with ripe plum and faint pepper nuances. I like the 'dry-red' nature of the palate. The concentrated fruit and savoury spine make it a perfect partner for flame-grilled meats.'
    Toni Paterson, The Real Review