Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Chris Ringland lives to grow harvests of peerless quality fruit and make tiny amounts of the most memorable wine. Ringland has worked at the eminent Rockford in Barossa, as well as for distinguished estates in Spain, Italy and America. Parcels of fruit grown to vines between twenty and sixty years of age are vinified into the entry level Ebenezer Shiraz.
At 1,500 ft above sea level, Chris Ringland has taken his time to restore a seven acre Shiraz vineyard which was planted in 1910% It took ten years. To sustainably manage the vines, Ringland believes that less is better. He takes great care to not disturb the soil with tillage. He hand prunes his vines and gently feeds them with a spray of natural nutrients. As soon as grapes begin to colour, the site is covered with bird net, to prevent damage to the berries and allow them to achieve full ripeness in the most pristine condition. Components of hand picked and hand sorted Shiraz grapes are treated to a traditional maceration, vinification and basket press, followed by maturation in a selection of seasoned American oak hogsheads.
Inky purple colour. Nose of cedar and blackberry, liquorice and spice with a hint of white floral. Remarkably concentrated, full bodied with a persistence of blueberry fruit, a Shiraz of great intensity and complexity.