Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Mr Riggs makes a perennially discrete assemblage of great Shiraz vineyards, owner operated by McLaren Vale's most eminent growers, Ben Rigg's Piebald Gully, Paxton’s Gateway, Wright's Duckchase, Beal’s Monapilla and Joch Bosworth's splendid Bradens site. The auspicious properties are located on some of the most fortuitious terroirs in McLaren Vale, narrow planted for low yields and stimulated by cooling gully winds which drift down the Mount Lofty ranges. These are the ideal mesoclimes for Shiraz and have been a source of the most memorable vintages.
Piebald Gully is situated in the coolest subregion of McLaren Vale, bordering Adelaide Hills. Gateway sits at the entrance of McLaren Vale, atop a hill overlooking Gulf St Vincent. Monapilla is at the base of Willunga foothills, Duckcase is located above Seaview’s old holdings to the north of McLaren Vale, the Bradens property is further towards Willunga, originally an almond grove, it is one of Bosworth's most meritorious plantings. Components are vinified in traditional open fermenters before being pressed into a combination of new and prior use French and American oaks for completion and malolactic. Parcels are kept separate throughout vinification and ageing, to be assembled three months prior to bottling.
Deep dark red. A brilliant nose of dark red cherry, black fruits, elegant new oak and char, A palate of pristine dark red berries, hints of spice, earth, tar and leather along with seamlessly integrated oak. Ripe tannins are apparent but not overwhelming, for a wine which can be enjoyed now alongside good beef and savoury, tomato based casseroles.