This McLaren Vale Shiraz was the first wine Ben Riggs ever made under the Mr. Riggs moniker. First made in 2001, it wasn’t until the 2018 vintage that Ben decided on a name fitting of this powerful McLaren Vale Shiraz.
This McLaren Vale Shiraz was the first wine Ben Riggs ever made under the Mr. Riggs moniker. First made in 2001, it wasn’t until the 2018 vintage that Ben decided on a name fitting of this powerful McLaren Vale Shiraz. The initials J.F.R. (John Frederick Riggs) are for Bens’ late father, the reason he makes wine. The 2018 J.F.R. Shiraz is a blend of three iconic McLaren Vale Shiraz vineyards; Piebald Gully, Gateway and Martins Vineyard.
"Very deep, dark purple/red colour, with a char-oak aroma, rich and ripe and generously oaked. Rich blackberry, graphite and sooty notes as well. It's very full-bodied and dense, powerful, high-impact and very long. The concentration is excellent and the tannins are superbly harmonised with the rest of the wine. Blackberry ad infinitum. Impressive stuff!" 96pts - Huon Hooke - The Real Review
Where this wine comes from - McLaren Vale
Just south of Adelaide in South Australia, McLaren Vale is a red wine drinker’s haven, producing rich, velvety textured reds the state is known for. Looking over St Vincent Gulf, the maritime influence in McLaren Vale helps to keep summer temperatures down while the steady temperatures are perfect for producing balanced reds that are certainly easy on the palate. In a similar vein to the Barossa, McLaren Vale hangs its hat on Shiraz, but similarly, Grenache and Mourvèdre play a strong supporting role – perhaps outshining the star of the show on occasion! Certainly its GSM blends deserve recognition, producing seamless wines. Enjoying its Mediterranean climate, it comes as no surprise that the wines of McLaren Vale are perfect with hearty Italian dishes – ragout, pizza, or an antipasto platter – you can’t go wrong.