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Mr. Riggs Shiraz Blend Adelaide Hills Piebald Shiraz Viognier 2004

Member Review by Debra Meiburg MW:

See Ben Riggs (Mr. Riggs) in our Meet-the-Winemaker video series (#9): www.debramasterofwine.com

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Mr. Riggs:
After spending twenty one vintages, a decade and a half of them as winemaker for caretaker Mr. Richard Gregory Trott's ironstone foundry and workshop known locally as ‘W2' (nee Wirra Wirra) Vineyards in McLaren Vale, and simultaneously as an air miles lifetime reward(less) Flying-Winemaker (Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Greece, Italy and the South of France) I knew it was time at the ... Read more
After spending twenty one vintages, a decade and a half of them as winemaker for caretaker Mr. Richard Gregory Trott's ironstone foundry and workshop known locally as ‘W2' (nee Wirra Wirra) Vineyards in McLaren Vale, and simultaneously as an air miles lifetime reward(less) Flying-Winemaker (Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Greece, Italy and the South of France) I knew it was time at the turn of the Trillennium to do my own thing… The rest was, in comparison, simple; McLaren Vale, her beloved Shiraz, my mate and mentor Mr. Tony Parkinson, his Penny's Hill Winery and our mates Messrs. Beal (Snr. and Jnr.). Added to this combination the original Mr. Riggs' Vineyard, and help from friends, the only thing left to decide was what to call the kit… I always hoped that someday I would make wine for myself, under my own shingle so to speak. Mate and muse Mr. Parkinson convinced me to moniker my first 15 barriques as ‘Mr. Riggs', a title I would prefer to not outgrow. I reckon people started calling me Mr. Riggs when I outgrew my dad (the previous Mr. Riggs). Since then, altitude has not been an issue; I'd been making Shiraz at sea level, McLaren Vale South Australia , for more than fifteen years. Motivated by the ‘Monapilla' vineyard of vigneron Mr. Beal (Snr.) and viticulturist Mr. Beal (Jnr.) this wine is the first manifestation of Mr. Riggs's beloved McLaren Vale Shiraz, and in 2001 was the start of things to come… Read less

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Snooth User: Debra Meiburg MW
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See Ben Riggs (Mr. Riggs) in our Meet-the-Winemaker video series (#9): www.debramasterofwine.com


External Reviews for Mr. Riggs Shiraz Blend Adelaide Hills Piebald Shiraz Viognier

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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Smooth, fleshy style has lovely blueberry and floral aromas and flavors, finishing with harmony and refined tannins. Seems ready to blossom into something really special. Best from 2006 through 2012.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Medium ruby with violet highlights. Deep aromas of black and white pepper-tinged blackberry, blackcurrant and dark cherry, accented by smoky bacon, licorice, clove, cinnamon, and hints of roasted coffee. Rich and viscous, with sappy flavors of creme de mure, vanilla and candied violet. This is supple and round but avoids overripe, pruney notes, remaining vibrant and energetic through the long finish, which features seamless tannins.


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Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

The 2004 Shiraz/Viognier (93% and 7% respectively), which spent 10 months in primarily French oak (25% new), is a classic South Australian red with more finesse and complexity because of the Viognier component. Reminiscent of a French Cote Rotie, its dense ruby/purple color is followed by a knock-out nose of lavender, acacia flowers, creme de cassis, tar, and spice. Layered, plump, opulently-textured, beautifully fruity, and long, it will drink well for 5ndash;7 years.



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