Mr. Riggs The Gaffer Shiraz 2009

Syrah/Shiraz from Australia

$24.00 $19.99
Save $4.01
Item No. 110924
  • red wine
  • screw cap wine
  • WS91
  • ST91
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

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Winemaker's Notes

Grapes for "The Gaffer" have been sourced from vineyards from a variety of McLaren Vale's best sites. A tried and tested area for growing full-flavored Shiraz, McLaren Vale has almost the perfect climate for grape growing: warm summers, low humidity, good winter rain and long autumns to ensure that grapes achieve ripeness, flavor, acid and balance.

Critical Acclaim

"Fresh and vibrant, this complex red shows mineral and grain accents to its rich blackberry and cherry flavors, all coming together on the refined finish. Drink now through 2018. 2000 cases made."
91 Points

"Opaque ruby. Peppery black raspberry and cherry-cola aromas are complemented by smoke and spicecake nuances. Juicy red and dark fruit flavors take a slight jammy turn with air but maintain freshness and clarity. Showing a lot of red fruit for a McLaren Vale shiraz. Finishes sweet, with very good cut and spicy persistence. "
91 Points

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Very nice representation of the style, especially at $20. Quite drinkable, with just a hint of pepper on the finish.
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Learn About Mr. Riggs Map ItMap It

Ben Riggs is one of Australia"s most talented winemakers, and in spite of his great success in Australia and overseas remains humble and unaffected - a very pleasant and pragmatic fellow! A graduate of Roseworthy (in 1985), Ben has made a major contribution to regional wine industry activities having served ten years as a board member of McLaren Vale Winemakers Inc. Three of those...

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Learn About Other Australia

With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular: New South Wales - home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New...

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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