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This is the third release of Shiraz under the Mr. Riggs label, and as with the 2001 and 2002 wines, is based around a core of pristine fruit with dark red berries, hints of spice, earth, tar and leather and with seamlessly integrated oak. Ripe tannins are apparent but not overwhelming, meaning this is a wine which can be enjoyed now or in the next 10-15 years.
The Wine Advocate Issue 155 10/25/04 Robert Parker 92 pts "Denser, more tannic, rich, and full is the 2003 Shiraz. Aged 18 months in French Oak (40% new), its deep purple colour is accompanied by sweet aromas of creosote, black fruits, liquorice, and earth. With full body, good definition, and an opulent finish, it can be consumed over the next decade."
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...Read More About Mr. Riggs
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...Read More About Other Australia
(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...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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