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Date Printed: 5/22/2015
3 Rings Shiraz 2008
3 Rings Shiraz 2008
(search item no. 117636)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 5/22/2015: $15.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep magenta hue with anise fruit and perfumed aromas apparent on the nose. A full-bodied palate shows appealing fruit to acid balance and finishes long with well integrated oak influence.
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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.