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Ben Riggs spent 21 vintages at Wirra Wirra winery, predominately as the winemaker, before deciding to bring to life his vision of his own label. And experience shows in the wines – the red wines particularly display unusual balance for their big, rich frames, something that many producers fail to achieve. White wine does tend to be an after thought, though the Adelaide Hills Riesling is set at a cunning and delicious off-dry level. The headlining Mr Riggs Shiraz is a whopper, but appealing in its muscularity and density.
Mr Riggs Location
Mr Riggs Wine Co. draws upon winemaker Ben Riggs’ extensive contacts with growers to allow him to source fruit from multiple regions in his pursuit for ‘icon wines from icon regions’. A cellar door is located in McLaren Vale, sharing the space with Penny’s Hill wines. Vineyard sites a predominately located in McLaren Vale, but fruit is also sourced from Adelaide Hills and Langhorne Creek.
Mr Riggs Wine Styles
Riesling, Viognier, Shiraz, Tempranillo are the core grape varieties. Red wine is made in bold, unashamedly powerful and concentrated styles.
Mr Riggs Brands
Mr Riggs is the core brand.
Mr Riggs Winery
The winery, as shared with Penny’s Hill, utilises the best of Ben Riggs broad winery knowledge with new oak, stainless steel and modern technique, though Riggs does draw on his vast European wine making experience to fine tune wines and imbue additional character.
|Wine Region||McLaren Vale|
|Address||Main Road, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171, Australia|
|Phone||(08) 8556 4460|
This bonny shiraz has a cheeky 5% of viognier in the mix, and it makes it's presence felt. There's plenty of fleshy black plums, black pepper and earthy savouriness on the nose, with just a hint of apricot. The palate is quite full-bodied, with pl...
The gaffer is a reference to a boss or foreman in a factory. It's their job to make sure everything runs smoothly, and this soft, fleshy little number certainly runs smooth across the palate. It's a full-bodied fruity style that shows dark berries...
As Tempranillo goes, this would be the Mac truck version! It's a big, butch 15%-er that shows ultra-ripe red berries and dark plums on the nose, along with whiffs of dry earth and soft spice. The palate is full-boded and warming, with rich red fru...