2008 Chris Ringland Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz


Flagship of the North Barossa Vintners Collaboration, Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz encompasses Chris's signature Shiraz style from the Barossa Valley. Aged for over five years in new French oak, with deep brooding fruit and powerful palate weight Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz is a barrel selection blended to age gracefully for 20-30 years.

Technical Details


The collaboration that is North Barossa Vintners seeks to re-define the relationship between grape grower and winemaker. Traditionally, in a scenario where grower and winemaker are not one in the same, the winemaker communicates with the grower to determine the harvest parameters required for the style of wine. But we are fortunate to be able to combine our winemaking skills with generations of Hoffmann family grape growing knowledge, in determining the sectors of the vineyards to be employed to create a unique insight into the regional and seasonal expression of any given year.

Adrian and I strive to make a powerful and rich expression of Shiraz while retaining the soft, luxurious tannin structure achieved by extended barrel maturation. A true iron fist within a velvet glove. The 2008 Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz is the result of a rigorous barrel section process, filling only 2100 numbered bottles, 100 magnums and 6 double magnums.


Region of fruit Source – Barossa
Sub-region – Ebenezer
Specific Vineyard by Name – Dimchurch
Soil – Red/Brown earth over limestone
Trellis System – Single wire at 1 metre
Viticulture – Minimal sprays of sulphur
Varietal Blend – 100% Shiraz
Winemaker – Chris Ringland
Alc/vol – 17.5% alc
Age of Vines – 30-110 years
Yield – 1 tonne per acre
Vinification – De-Stemmed and vinified in an open top fermenter. Basket pressed and allowed to complete alcoholic fermentation in new oak.
Wood Treatment – 100% New French hogsheads for 62 months.

The drier winter of 2007 was helped by above average autumn rainfall. Spring rains continued up until January, when the season became quite dry and hot. The heat events in January, February and early March brought forward picking times, leading to a vintage of very concentrated wines.

Adrian harvested the various parcels for Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz between the 7th and 19th of March. The wines were matured in new French Oak for an astonishing 62 months, prior to bottling in June, 2013, 175 cases were produced.

The concentration of the 2008 vintage delivered a wine with extraordinary power and concentration, contrasted with an unexpected perfume and delicacy. This wine will easily attain maturity over the next 15 to 20 years aging gracefully into the future. In the mean time, at least a few hours in the decanter can be considered mandatory to maximise the full potential.

Appearance: Opaque red-black. Crimson rim

Aroma: Carbon and oak sawdust give way to spicy notes of aniseed, liquorice and molasses. Only then do the black Shiraz fruit aromas emerge.

Palate: Sweet, nutty black chocolate. Creamy vanilla. A massive, intense, rich fruit panorama carries through the palate. The theme is concluded with powerful, soft tannins and subtle acid.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown – eRobertParker.com #227 Oct 2016 (95)

Deep garnet-black in color, the 2008 Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz has a seductive nose of prunes, dried mulberries, chocolate box and licorice with hints of sandalwood, incense, and cinnamon stick. The palate is bold and buxom, with a generously endowed full body and 17.5%- declared alcohol, with robust flavors to match and velvety tannins, finishing just a little warm.

2100 Bottles
100 Magnums
6 Double Magnums
Individually numbered bottles
49mm hand select cork finish
Shipped as a single bottle

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