Mr. Riggs Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Gaffer 2006

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"The 2006 Shiraz "The Gaffer" (meaning "the Boss") was aged for 12months in a mix of new and used French oak. Purple-colored, it exhibitsa slightly muted nose of damp earth, cinnamon, pepper, and blue fruits.Supple-textured and full-bodied, the wine has gobs of ripe fruit,layered flavors and excellent balance in its forward personality. Drinkit over the next 6-8 years." - Jay Miller of The Wine AdvocateCheese Pairings: Gouda, Parmesan, PecorinoFood Pairings: Barbecue Spareribs, Eggplant Parmesan, Lamb Marsala

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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

Member Reviews for Mr. Riggs Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Gaffer

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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: jasonkauf
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3.50 5
06/09/2009

You know the type. Big and thick and loads of jam. Solid and fun and not for the faint of fruit.


Snooth User: VeggieFella
126618105
5.00 5
02/04/2009

My wife and I absolutely love this wine. Really one of the nicest wines I have ever tried... it just fits my taste so well. I had the opportunity to try this wine only to find that it is not available in Alberta. It is my current "Holy Grail", so if anyone knows where I may acquire this wine I will purchase a couple cases. Anyway, on to the review... Upfront full bodied jammy berry flavour with a lingering finish that keeps you asking for more. Very well balanced and "spiced" to perfection.


Snooth User: TwistyMcNuts
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5.00 5
03/16/2010

Five glasses


External Reviews for Mr. Riggs Shiraz Mclaren Vale the Gaffer

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Ripe and spicy, with a grainy feel to the dark berry, white pepper and velvety character that lingers on the meaty finish. Best from 2010 through 2014.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Deep ruby. Pungent blackberry aroma is complicated by fresh violet, tobacco and smoky minerals; this smells like an Old World syrah. Zesty dark berry flavors are brightened by graphite and cracked pepper, picking up an exotic floral pastille quality on the back end. The smoke and graphite qualities recur on the finish, which features very good lift and focus.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2006 Shiraz andldquo;The Gafferandrdquo; (meaning andldquo;the Bossandrdquo;) was aged for 12 months in a mix of new and used French oak. Purple-colored, it exhibits a slightly muted nose of damp earth, cinnamon, pepper, and blue fruits. Supple-textured and full-bodied, the wine has gobs of ripe fruit, layered flavors and excellent balance in its forward personality. Drink it over the next 6andndash;8 years.


External Review
04/18/2013

The 2006 Shiraz “The Gaffer” (meaning “the Boss”) was aged for 12 months in a mix of new and used French oak. Purple-colored, it exhibits a slightly muted nose of damp earth, cinnamon, pepper, and blue fruits. Supple-textured and full-bodied, the wine has gobs of ripe fruit, layered flavors and excellent balance in its forward personality. Drink it over the next 6–8 years.



"The 2006 Shiraz "The Gaffer" (meaning "the Boss") was aged for 12months in a mix of new and used French oak. Purple-colored, it exhibitsa slightly muted nose of damp earth, cinnamon, pepper, and blue fruits.Supple-textured and full-bodied, the wine has gobs of ripe fruit,layered flavors and excellent balance in its forward personality. Drinkit over the next 6-8 years." - Jay Miller of The Wine AdvocateCheese Pairings: Gouda, Parmesan, PecorinoFood Pairings: Barbecue Spareribs, Eggplant Parmesan, Lamb Marsala

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