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Mr. Riggs Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2005

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92 points Robert Parker: Asphalt/melted road tar characteristics interwoven with blackberries, smoke, roasted herbs, and meat emerge from the dense purple-hued 2005 Shiraz. Aged 20 months in 80% French oak and 20% American, this is a seriously endowed, full-bodied, backward yet accessible offering to consume over the next 10-12 years.

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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
6836507,588
0.00 5
01/09/2011

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


Snooth User: connie7899
43922898
2.00 5
09/02/2009

Good the first day, decanted 3 hours as directed by the wine guy. Seemed to create heartburn for some reason...Liked the first day. Not sure if I had a bad bottle???


Snooth User: Clockwork
17724423
4.00 5
05/08/2009

Four glasses


External Reviews for Mr. Riggs Shiraz Mclaren Vale

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Asphalt/melted road tar characteristics interwoven with blackberries, smoke, roasted herbs, and meat emerge from the dense purple-hued 2005 Shiraz. Aged 20 months in 80% French oak and 20% American, this is a seriously endowed, full-bodied, backward yet accessible offering to consume over the next 10-12 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Aged in 80% French oak and 20% American (of which 60% is new), this barrel sample (to be bottled in November) was immensely impressive. There will be 400 cases of this dense inky/purple-colored Shiraz. It offers a gorgeous nose of licorice, melted road tar, blackberry liqueur, and sweet black currants. There is dazzling palate persistence, tremendous texture, and full body, but the wine is neither heavy nor out of balance. The finish lasts for 45+ seconds. With thrilling density and richness yet good equilibrium, it will drink well for 10-15 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The blockbuster 2004 Shiraz was aged 18 months in French oak (40% new). It is a wine of great intensity, with an opaque purple color as well as a gorgeous nose of camphor, graphite, blackberries, tar, and charcoal. Rich, super-pure fruit cascades over the palate of this opaque purple-colored, full-bodied, voluptuously-textured Shiraz. Consume it over the next 6-7 years.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Dense, tannic, rich, and full is the 2003 Shiraz. Aged 18 months in French oak (40% new), its deep purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of creosote, black fruits, licorice, and earth. With full body, good definition, and an opulent finish, it can be consumed over the next decade.



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92 points Robert Parker: Asphalt/melted road tar characteristics interwoven with blackberries, smoke, roasted herbs, and meat emerge from the dense purple-hued 2005 Shiraz. Aged 20 months in 80% French oak and 20% American, this is a seriously endowed, full-bodied, backward yet accessible offering to consume over the next 10-12 years.

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