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2013 Mr. Riggs Shiraz

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This highly anticipated wine from Mr Riggs is a fuller-bodied style, and shows scents of ripe red and black berries on the nose, with whiffs of mocha, pepper spice and star anise. The palate is poised and sumptuous, with juicy dark fruit flavours, licks of coffee, chocolate and soy sauce, a solid line of tannins, and a rich spice and earth finish. A nice roast lamb leg would be great with this!

Winemaker's Notes

This is the twelfth release of Shiraz under the Mr. Riggs label, pristine fruit with dark red berries, hints of spice, earth, tar and leather, with seamlessly integrated oak are the prime characteristics. Ripe tannins are apparent but not overwhelming, meaning this is a wine which can be enjoyed now or in the next 10-15 years.

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2013 Mr. Riggs Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
Dense crimson-purple; this is a rich and profound wine, firmly ticking every box with a broad-tipped marker pen. It is full of black fruits, with studs of red cherry and chocolate illuminating the core of dark fruits; the tannins are plentiful, but ripe and integrated, the oak precisely judged.
Drink by 2043
95
James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
The wine spent 18 months in new and used French and American oak. Opaque purple-crimson; the flavours are spread in layers across the densely packed, full-bodied palate, but are not hot or jammy, instead there is a display of savoury black fruits, licorice, earth and the regional anchor of dark chocolate, the tannins ripe and balanced.
By 2032
Wine Companion
96
The Wine Front (2012 Vintage) says
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front (1st April 2015)
The Wine Front
95
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Impenetrable colour, and dark and dense, with tar, black fruits and cherry oak all on display; the palate is richly textured, chewy, with ripe tannins and cherry oak and a long Christmas cake spice and fruit finish; a big, muscular wine in every respect.
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Deeply flavoured and profoundly regional, this very effortless and complex shiraz has a heady bouquet of cassis, dark plums, violets and fine-grained cedary, gamey oak backed by musky, meaty and briary undertones. It's long and smooth, bursting with small berries and plums tightly knit with sweet, creamy oak and wrapped around a fine, polished backbone. It finishes with balance and restraint, with an ongoing drive of persistent fruit backed by a hint of mint and menthol.
2022-2030+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
94
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Deep purple-crimson; a great example of Ben Riggs' winemaking skills and long experience in McLaren Vale; top-quality grapes from 3 vineyards, and 18 months in new and 1-year-old French and American barrels; while medium- to full-bodied, it has a velvety mouthfeel to its multiple layers of perfectly ripened black fruits, licorice and bitter chocolate.
2025
Australian Wine Companion 2012
96
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Dense purple-red; a voluminous bouquet and full-bodied palate are stacked with regional black fruits, dark chocolate and quality oak; despite the power, has a fighter savoury twist to the finish, which adds to the appeal.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good colour; a complex, but strongly regional style; with the near-obligatory dark chocolate surrounding the plum and blackberry fruit; is medium- to full-bodied, with excellent balance and mouthfeel. A pity the US market still insists on Cork
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Medium- to full-bodied, rich and mouthfilling; lashings of blackberry and dark chocolate, the tannins ripe and the oak well-integrated. Deserves better than a cork.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Comes in one of those bottles needing a forklift; strong purple-red hue; smooth, supple, blackberry and plum fruit; just a whisper of dark chocolate along with positive French and American oak. Pointed within the context of the style, and given a maturity span with a prayer for the cork.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Clean, rich fruit aromas; lush red and black fruits with a juicy twist giving lively mouthfeel and a delicious finish; amazingly light on its 15 ° alcohol feet.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
96
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Black fruits and lots of new oak which is well integrated; fine structure, particularly tannins; stylish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
94
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A charming modern shiraz with a musky fragrance of wild, briary blackberries and dark plums laced with black pepper and cinnamon and handsomely supported by sweet chocolate/mocha and vanilla oak with meaty undertones of animal hide. Easily carrying its 15% alcohol, its pristine and vibrant expression of cassis and redcurrants, black cherries and plums integrates tightly with sweet oak and silky, fine-grained tannins. Finely balanced, finishing with a note of mint and menthol, plus a restrained astringency.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
94
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Concentrated, opulent blackberry fruit encased in a delicious wrapping of dark chocolate; has chewed up the French oak in which it was aged; fine ripe tannins; power with finesse.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
95

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