Mr. Riggs Shiraz Mclaren Vale 2005
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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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???
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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.
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.
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.
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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