Chris Ringland Single Barrel Shiraz bottlings will occur sporadically in the future, at my discretion, on a “need to keep the customer confused” basis. There will never be more than 150 magnums of the single barrel made available, firstly offered to my mailing list. Any remaining magnums will be consigned to my private cellar, I will need to have something to drink in my retirement years.
2013 Barossa Ranges Single Barrel Shiraz Magnum
In June 2017, while tasting through the barrels prior to bottling the 2013’s, I found one barrel in particular to be absolutely outstanding and unique. This barrel came from the extreme Southeastern corner of the vineyard; a sector that faces North-Northeast and has the shallowest soil of any parcel in my vineyard resulting in, more often than not, the lowest per-vine yield. I decided to bottle this barrel separately, entirely into magnum only. I have labelled this bottling “Single Barrel”.
Region of fruit Source – Barossa
Sub-region – Barossa Ranges (Eden Valley)
Specific Vineyard by Name – Stone Chimney Creek
Soil – Sandy loam over podzolic clay
Trellis System – Single wire at 1 metre
Viticulture – Minimal sprays of sulphur and seaweed nutrient. Dry grown.
Varietal Blend – 100% Shiraz
Winemaker – Chris Ringland
Oak Maturation – 100% New French AP John
Alc/vol – 15.7%
Age of Vines – Planted 1910
Yield – 1 tonne per acre
The Winter of 2012 was wetter than average, but unusually dry conditions developed during the Spring to provide some balance. A few cold snaps led to some frost damage on those vines of the Barossa Valley floor that were starting to push their buds but there were fewer problems in the higher elevations of the Eden Valley and the Barossa Ranges where the cooler temperatures meant that budbreak would occur a few weeks later. Even though there was little inclement weather during flowering, yields were lower than expected because of the dry conditions. The weather conditions during the buildup to the 2013 harvest were quite mild resulting in ripening much earlier than expected. Flowering at the Stone Chimney Creek vineyard began in early November 2012, the fruit being harvested on April 3. After 50 months maturation in 100% new AP John French oak hogshead, the wine was drawn from the wood for bottling on July 26, 2017.
200 magnums filled
49mm hand select cork finish
Shipped in a single wooden box