2006 Chris Ringland Barossa Ranges Shiraz

The mist, the solitude, the forbidden allure: I almost felt like a spy. I was there to taste some of Australia’s most astonishing red wines, yet I hardly dared tell anyone I was going. When I owned up later, and shyly admitted how much I’d liked them, I was met with near-incredulity. At least once, I was asked to confirm what I’d just said. These are the great wines you aren’t, in right-thinking circles, meant to like: too rich, too much alcohol, too many “Parker points”.  They swim like bandit trout against Australia’s current tide of early-picking righteousness and buttoned-down restraint.  But, sorry folks, great they are.

Andrew Jefford.
Decanter Magazine on-line November 26th 2012

Also available in magnums

Technical Details

Description

I have been fortunate to make my own wine in Australia since 1989 although my journey started many years prior in New Zealand. I made Three Rivers Shiraz at Rockford with the encouragement of Robert O’Callaghan but never more than a few barrels. From 89-94 there were never more than 720 bottles filled of Three Rivers and it wasn’t until I purchased my own vineyard in 1994 when I was able to increase the number of bottles filled. From then on the vineyard dictated how many bottles I would produce under my own label, Three Rivers to start, then simply Chris Ringland Shiraz from the 1998 release.

The wine was bottled on Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 with no filtration.

  • Harvest: Thursday 23rd April.
  • Pressed: May 1st.
  • Second racking: October 10th, 2010.
  • Bottled: Friday February 22nd, 2013.

 

Cellaring:

The palate is characteristically long and very complex, as you would expect from such ripe grapes, matured in wood for 4 years and in bottle, upon release, for 3 years.
This vintage is still very young. Don’t even think about drinking this for another 10 years. If you simply have to, then at least 2 days in decanter will be mandatory.
Matured in new french oak for 46 months. 1780 bottles, 140 magnums, 18 double magnums and three imperials were filled. The alcohol level measured at bottling was 16.0%.

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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
Alc/vol – 16.0% alc
Age of Vines – Planted 1910
Yield – 1 tonne per acre
Harvest – Thursday April 23rd
Pressed – May 1st
First Racking – October 10th 2010
Vinification – De-Stemmed and vinified in numerous small batches in open fermenters. Basket pressed and allowed to complete alcoholic fermentation in oak.
Wood Treatment – 100% New French hogsheads and one demi-muid for 48 months

Overall, Shiraz yields for the Barossa were lower in 2009, compared with the year before. Dry conditions in the spring of 2008 resulted in smaller berries and loose clusters. Fortunately, a period of extreme Summer heat in January 2009 was early enough to have minimal impact on fruit development, especially in the high elevation vineyards of the Barossa Ranges. Subsequently, vintage conditions were very favourable. The wines have excellent tannin structure, together with gentle natural acidity. Perhaps a little more traditional than the lavish, opulent 2008’s (This will be released at 10 years old, in 2018).

Appearance: Opaque red-black with a crimson-brick red rim.

Aroma: The first impression from a freshly decanted bottle is of sweet Dutch liquorice, together with a top note of citrus vanillin from the French oak.
The aroma then opens up to reveal dark chocolate and an amalgam of fresh red berries.

Palate: The overall impact is fat and very rich in structure. Oak vanillin still lurks beneath the hallmark vineyard signature of liquorice, aniseed and a hint of black pepper.

Wine Advocate 227 – Lisa Perotti-Brown

Coming from Chris Ringland’s tiny “home” vineyard of ancient Shiraz vines in the Eden Valley/Barossa Ranges, the 2009 Shiraz reveals a deep garnet-black color and complex earthy, meaty, gamey notes with a waft of new leather over a core of baked black berries, preserved plums, iodine and char-grilled beef. Big, full and rich, it is opulently fruited on the palate with rounded tannins and great harmony. The finish is very long.
Drink Date – 2017 – 2035
Rating 98

1780 Bottles
140 Magnums
18 Double Magnums
3 Imperials
Individually numbered bottles
54mm hand select cork finish
Shipped as a single bottle

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