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1 - 6 of 6 Wines By Mr Riggs
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Mr Riggs Battle Axe Sparkling Shiraz
McLaren Vale
Available by the dozen
An assemblage of Mr Riggs wines up to ten years of age, enhanced by an older parcel of Grenache for lift and spice, finished off with a tot of fortified Shiraz from the prestigious Piebald Gully Vineyard, contributing subtle sweetness to a richly complex wine. Battle Axe is a tongue in cheek reference to dearest mother in law, she appears formidable with her powerful pink effervescence, ultimately soothing the palate with her generous nature and refined affability but beware the after punch of her dark fruityness and engaging depth of character.
$2199each
$263DOZEN
EACH
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Mr Riggs Gaffer Shiraz
McLaren Vale
Available by the dozen
John The Gaffer Riggs (1814-1902), great great great grandfather of Ben Riggs, migrated from Dorsetshire and settled in Gawler 1855. One of South Australia's most prominent farmers, he owned hundreds of acres dedicated to wheat. His sheep flock was also highly regarded and his methods progressive for the time. Success in the wheat trade was matched by significant awards at exhibitions in Sydney, London and Paris. Ben Riggs' own love of the land and his passion for it's offerings are directly attributable to the efforts of his far sighted ancestor.
$2049each
$245DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Sourced from some of the finest sites as managed by the best growers. McLaren Vale is a region which boasts the perfect climate for grape growing, warm summers, low humidity, good winter rain and long autumns to ensure that grapes achieve ripeness, flavour, acid and balance. Beginning with the 2006 vintage, thirty cents from each bottle has been donated to the Pink Ribbon campaign, the aim being to raise funds for breast cancer research and heighten awareness for the cause along the way. Parcels of the finest McLaren Vale Shiraz are fermented in a high proportion of new French oak barrels, followede by a term of maturation, to achieve full integration of tannins and fruit with a fragrant lift.
 
Luscious violet, red velvet hue. The nose is delicately perfumed with clean aromas, currants, cocoa and plums are seasoned by green pepper spice, cloves and vanilla anise. Lovely Shiraz fruit over a background of gentle French oak, a big, rich, juicy, smooth style of red wine, exhibiting a soft palate, finishing cleanly with true elegance and a hint of spice. Our Gaffer is a flavoursome, fruit driven, full bodied Shiraz that's well balanced and assured to please.
Mr Riggs McLaren Vale Shiraz
McLaren Vale
Available in cases of 6
Mr Riggs makes a perennially discrete assemblage of great Shiraz vineyards, owner operated by McLaren Vale's most eminent growers, Ben Rigg's Piebald Gully, Paxton’s Gateway, Wright's Duckchase, Beal’s Monapilla and Joch Bosworth's splendid Bradens site. The auspicious properties are located on some of the most fortuitious terroirs in McLaren Vale, narrow planted for low yields and stimulated by cooling gully winds which drift down the Mount Lofty ranges. These are the ideal mesoclimes for Shiraz and have been a source of the most memorable vintages.
$4499each
$539DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Piebald Gully is situated in the coolest subregion of McLaren Vale, bordering Adelaide Hills. Gateway sits at the entrance of McLaren Vale, atop a hill overlooking Gulf St Vincent. Monapilla is at the base of Willunga foothills, Duckcase is located above Seaview’s old holdings to the north of McLaren Vale, the Bradens property is further towards Willunga, originally an almond grove, it is one of Bosworth's most meritorious plantings. Components are vinified in traditional open fermenters before being pressed into a combination of new and prior use French and American oaks for completion and malolactic. Parcels are kept separate throughout vinification and ageing, to be assembled three months prior to bottling.
 
Deep dark red. A brilliant nose of dark red cherry, black fruits, elegant new oak and char, A palate of pristine dark red berries, hints of spice, earth, tar and leather along with seamlessly integrated oak. Ripe tannins are apparent but not overwhelming, for a wine which can be enjoyed now alongside good beef and savoury, tomato based casseroles.
Mr Riggs Montepulciano dAdelaide
Adelaide Hills & McLaren Vale
Available by the dozen
Two precious harvests of Montepulciano are sourced from choice sites, each articulating the uniqueness of terroir, Amadio vineyard between Kersbrook and Williamstown in Adelaide Hills is planted on grey brown loam at an altitude of 300 metres, it is pleasingly low vigor. Vines on the Pollux property in McLaren Vale ripen somewhat earlier, yielding a Montepulciano of more tannin structure and lower acidity, a confluence of personalities which coalesce into a seriously mouthfilling, savoury wine. A mere 550 dozen made.
$2499each
$299DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
 
Bright violet, vibrant, opaque. Nose of beef stock and crushed mint, cinnamon and spice, cigar box and tobacco sweet. Soundly structured, a spectacular range of kitchen flavours, firm where it should be, intense throughout, a long finish of lingering vanilla beans straight from the pod.
Mr Riggs Outpost Coonawarra Cabernet
Coonawarra
Available by the dozen
Mr Riggs comes to Coonawarra. He knows from good red wines after tours of duty amongst the illustrious Cabernet vineyards of Napa Valley and Bordeaux. He now takes his pick from the choicest sites in the land. A collation of parcels from the Thomas and Harrison Weatherall vineyards in the northern precincts of Coonawarra, fermented on skins and pressed to a selection of new and seasoned oaks. Intensely bright, floral and fragrant with lovely length on the palate, the Cabernet of choice to accompany char grill or juicy roast.
$2299each
$275DOZEN
EACH
DOZEN
Mr Riggs Yacca Paddock Tempranillo
McLaren Vale
Available by the dozen
Planted to Tempranillo in 2000, just outside Kuitpo on the southwest escarpment of Mount Lofty Ranges, Yacca Paddock’s vistas overlooking the Gulf of St Vincent enjoy rejuvenating maritime breezes which encourage vines to yield harvests of the ripest tannins and intensely complex varietal characters. Vinified in traditional open fermenters, Yacca Paddock makes a wonderfully textural, stylish wine of natural fruit sweetness, tart red cherry flavours and juicy, food friendly savouryness, prepare a grill of Mediterranean veggies or fry of fresh sardines and have a Yacca.
$2599each
$311DOZEN
EACH
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And, yes.. Ben does have a vineyard

Located at Kangarilla on the edge of the McLaren Vale designated region, Piebald Gully is a recently planted patch producing fine grade Shiraz, Viognier and Petit Verdot from low yielding hand tended vines. Besides 22 vintages in Australia, Ben has presided over a further eight overseas. Experience has been gained in the Napa Valley, Bordeaux, Greece, Italy and the South of France which gives Ben a broad appreciation of wine styles and winemaking practices. A graduate of Roseworthy (in 1985), Ben has made a major contribution to regional wine industry activities having served 10 years as a board member of McLaren Vale Winemakers Inc. Three of those years saw Ben in the role of Chairman. He also chaired the McLaren Vale Wine Show over a 5-year period. Wines made by Ben have achieved considerable Wine Show Awards success including winning the first two Great Australian Shiraz Challenges. More than 20 trophies have been won and in 1993, Wirra Wirra 1991 Angelus was declared the winner of the Sydney International Top 100 wine awards.

Mr Riggs

As a winemaker, Ben achieved Bushing King status in 2000 - a unique award that recognises the maker of the best wine at the McLaren Vale Wine Show. Ben's most recent award was winning the Consumers' Award at the 2004 South Australian Hyatt Advertiser Wine of the Year Awards with his 2003 Mr Riggs Shiraz Viognier (the first release of this wine, by the way). Married to Annie with young sons, Baxter and Austin, Ben is committed to championing McLaren Vale's global Shiraz reputation, as well as exploring wine styles from other regions. It is that passion which is driving him to do things his way and showcase not just the region's greatest winegrape variety but to give a free rein to his particular winemaking and wine marketing skills.

http://www.mrriggs.com.au/ - Mr Riggs

Located at the base of the Willunga Foothills in the central part of the McLaren Vale wine region, Monapilla vineyard is virtually dry grown, as the soil has excellent water holding capacity, and the focus is very much on low yields of high quality grapes. The warm Mediterranean summer temperatures are moderated by the often-fierce gully winds, which come down from the hills in the early evening. Monapilla vineyard is a prime McLaren Vale Shiraz vineyard. Mr Riggs' very own vineyard, Piebald Gully is located in the cool subregion of Clarendon at approximately 265m, to the east of the McLaren Vale wine region. Ripening occurs at Piebald Gully sometimes up to two weeks later than in the rest of McLaren Vale, and the area averages some 30% more rainfall (700mm pa) than the rest of the district.

Angas Vineyard at Langhorne Creek is the result of the happy coming together of a group of wine industry mates who decided in 1997 that the region was a great spot for vines. Consisting mainly of floodplains, the region has fine, deep and generally fertile soils and is quite unique, in that it benefits from winter flooding from the Bremer River. Planted over fertile sandy loams, Angas Vineyard provides Mr Riggs with both Shiraz and Viognier, which has made its way into both the Viognier and the Shiraz Viognier.

The Penny's Hill vineyard departs from the McLaren Vale norm as far as vineyard set up goes. Established by Adelaide advertising man Tony Parky Parkinson and his wife Susie, the vineyards were set up by industry mogul, David Paxton, and are managed by David's off-sider, Toby Bekkers. Located in the central foothills of McLaren Vale, soils are unprepossessing, being shallow and stony, with low vigour and low moisture holding capacity. Perfect for growing high quality grapes, as it turns out.

Set up in 1987 to provide a cool climate alternative to McLaren Vale, Kuitpo vineyard is located in the southern Mount lofty ranges of the Adelaide Hills. Cooler, wetter and with a heat summation similar to areas of the Napa, Sonoma or Bordeaux, Kuitpo's average January temperature is only 19.8 deg C, as compared to that of McLaren Vale's, which is 21.7 C. This appears to be a small difference, but proves significant in grape ripening terms. Mr Riggs uses Viognier and Riesling from the Kuitpo vineyard. Viticulturist Geoff forms part of the sixth generation of the well-known Australian Hardy wine family. Breakneck Creek is adjacent to the Penny's Hill vineyard in the central foothills of McLaren vale. Planted in 1993 by respected McLaren Vale grape grower, Ian Leask, the vineyard benefits from all of the McLaren Vale climatic positives which help make McLaren Vale such a high quality wine region. The site, as with the Penny's Hill vineyard, also derives additional cooling influences from the gully winds, which spring up in the evenings and come down from the hills. By combining a high-tech water monitoring system, minimal drip irrigation and smart viticulture, these sensitive soils are a prime site for quality Shiraz, a fact Mr Riggs was very quick to recognize.

http://www.mrriggs.com.au/ - Mr Riggs
http://www.mrriggs.com.au/ - Mr Riggs

Quandong Farm is situated in the Seaview district, one of the 5 recognized subregions of McLaren Vale to the north of the region. Vines were planted on a west-facing slope in 1996. The vineyard benefits from the cooling sea breezes that come off the Gulf St. Vincent on summer afternoons even more so than the vineyards on the valley floor, in fact. Soils are shallow sandy loams over limestone. Planted to approximately 17 hectares of Shiraz, only a fraction of that is used in the Mr Riggs wines. Quandong Farm is yet another superior site for Shiraz.

Yacca Paddock was set up by film director Scott Hicks and wife Kerry Heysen Hicks to create their very own paradise in the Adelaide Hills. A cool, temperate climate, with temperatures on average 2.5 C cooler than vineyards only 5km down the road as the crow flies in McLaren Vale, this is a premium site for the Tempranillo and Riesling, which Ben uses for Mr Riggs. The site also receives considerably more rainfall than down the road an average of 850mm per annum, as compared to the McLaren Vale average of approximately 650mm. Ancient podzolic soils combine with modern viticultural tactics as well as being next door to Geoff Hardy's Kuitpo Vineyard, the vines are also managed by Geoff.

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