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Date Printed: 4/27/2015
3 Rings Reserve Shiraz 2005
3 Rings Reserve Shiraz 2005
(search item no. 110328)
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/27/2015: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Concentration, complexity and ripe tannins. Intense dried fruits, and secondary characters of spice and cedary oak. Well balanced and full bodied wine.
My Notes:

About 3 Rings:

The aim of this project, a partnership between importer Dan Philips, renowned winemaker Chris Ringland, and famed grape grower David Hickinbotham, is to offer good value Shiraz from relatively old vine Barossa fruit from vineyards in the Kalimna, Gomersol, and Vinevale sectors.

The 3 Rings label was founded in 2004 and soon thereafter was earning 90+ ratings for its Shiraz and Reserve Shiraz in the world wine media, with the grapes coming from the rich terroir of Australia’s famed Barossa Valley. The vineyards for 3 Rings Shiraz lie on an east-west slope with predominantly north-south rows, at an average age of 35 years. The soils are ancient and primarily clay over calcrete and slate bedrock, moving to more weathered slate at the bottom of an ancient glacier. Over the hills, the soils are deep, sandy loam and black clays. The grapes for 3 Rings Reserve Shiraz come from the nearby Kalimna sub-region of Barossa. It is a single vineyard owned by David Hickinbotham (one of the “three rings” of the wine’s name). The terroir here also is sandy loam over black clay – and the age of the vines is an average of 85 years.