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2014 Mr. Riggs The Gaffer Shiraz

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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 fruits and black pepper on the nose, with hints of chocolate. The palate is lush with plush, sweet-fruited flavours, friendly tannins, and a dry, juicy, savoury-edged finish. Try it with a juicy beef burger!

Winemaker's Notes

The simple black and white packaging proudly wears a splash of PINK boasting an impressive contribution of $100,000 to the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation (FMCF) and their fight against cancer. Charming, immense, and immensely affable, the Gaffer 2014 is outstanding. A firm aromatic slap of blackcurrant precedes rose, thyme and paprika, and these heady notes complex into cherry wood, white pepper, and vanilla on the palate. All of this is matched to the texture of velour, but with much more style. “The Gaffer” is a flavoursome, fruit driven, full bodied Shiraz that is exceptionally well balanced and assured to please the palate… with a touch of PINK!

Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2014 Mr. Riggs The Gaffer Shiraz

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Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
Coming back to McLaren Vale shiraz after a tasting journey elsewhere in Australia always serves to emphasise the unmistakable fruit profile of the region. Dark chocolate is the marker, generous blackberry and plum always close by, the tannins soft. Nothing else to say, really.
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Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
A finely balanced, elegant and fine-grained shiraz whose musky, spicy and slightly meaty aromas of blackberries, cassis, dark plums and blueberries, chocolatey and slightly meaty oak are lifted by musky scents of white pepper, cloves and dried herbs. It's medium to full-bodied, with a genuinely bright and lively presence of cassis, raspberries, dark cherries and plums knit with cedar/vanilla oak and supported by fine, chalky tannin. It finishes with fresh acids, lingering notes of redcurrants and a hint of rhubarb.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2016
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Smooth, elegant and flavoursome, with a floral bouquet of blackberries, dark plums and briar backed by meaty, reductive undertones. Medium in weight, it's fresh and uncomplicated, delivering a pleasing weight of gently oaked and bright, spicy fruit knit with fine, pliant, dusty tannins and gentle acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
An honest, early-drinking shiraz with evidence of baked fruit. Its currant-like aromas of raisins, blackberries, briar and dark plums precede a forward, smooth and upfront palate that lacks great length, finishing rather thin with flat. raisined influences.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
This comes with a pink screwcap, signifying that Mr Riggs has pledged $50,000 to breast cancer research. Steady as she blows. No alarms and no surprises here. Flavours of plums and spice and toast. It's not especially concentrated, but nor is it light. Characterised by its clean lines of flavour and its moderate tannin. Leaves an attractive aftertaste of orange rind.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Ripe, dark and savoury, with an earthy, meaty bouquet of plums, currants, blackberries and cassis lifted by notes of violets and spices with undertones of dark chocolate and mocha. It's deeply flavoured and ripened, with a sumptuous, juicy presence of blackberries and blueberries coupled with sweet vanilla and seasoned oak influences. Underpinned by fine, loose-knit tannins, it finishes with a tangy minerality and a savoury, slightly salty note.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Has some curious smoky/spicy aromas, most likely from whatever oak medium has been used; the texture is gently chewy, the balance very good.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A solid, sturdy wine, simultaneously proclaiming its regionality and varietal base on both bouquet and palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Slightly cooked, with a spicy presence of dark plums, berries backed by suggestions of fennel, anis and a light dusting of oak. It's medium to full in weight, with lingering flavours of dark berries, licorice and pepper, finishing drying and savoury, with a fresh, vibrant acidity.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
This is named after John 'Gaffer' Riggs, a South Aussie farmer between 1814 and 1902. Ben Riggs (the Mr Riggs of the label) is his great, great, great grandson. 2006 RELEASE There's a syrupiness to this wine that really sets the seduction rolling. It tastes like an exotic mix of aniseed, raspberry, toast and burnt sugar, and while there's a touch of alcohol warmth it wears it proudly and well. It's all about dark, highly slurpable fruit, DRINK 2008-2012.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Strong purple-red; full-bodied, potent, powerful and long; a full but supple mouthfeel; lingering tannins and quality oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Rich, generous red and black plum, blackberry, chocolate and vanilla melange; good tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006

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