2009 Chris Ringland Dimchurch Shiraz


The Dimchurch Shiraz is the more archetypal Barossa Shiraz from the North Barossa Vintners portfolio. While I would describe this as the more fruit forward of our Hoffmann/Dimchurch premium project, the 2009 is dense and concentrated, showing its ability to age gracefully. At 6 years old it is necessary to have the wine decanted for at least 3 hours before its depth becomes evident.

Technical Details


As a six year old wine the 2009 Dimchurch is youthful in it’s exuberance and colour. The palate weight is robust yet soft, with an amazing depth of flavour and texture. While this is the ‘second’ wine of North Barossa Vintners, the vintage gave Adrian and Chris conditions to produce amazingly fragrant and structured wines. The wine could have evolved further in barrel but Chris captured its fruit and oak balance perfectly, giving a wine that drinks wonderfully now while rewarding those with patience.

At the upper end of production levels at just under 500 dozen for the 2009, most vintages of Dimchurch will be around 300 dozen along with the corresponding number of 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% 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 48 months.

Overall, Shiraz yields for the North Western Barossa were lower in 2009, compared with the year before. Fortunately, a period of extreme Summer heat in January had no impact on fruit development. Subsequent 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. Adrian began harvesting the fruit on March 31 with the last parcel being delivered April 7. Shiraz grown on heavier soils performed better in this vintage.

Ripe, rich 2009 Barossa Shiraz is wine for the long haul. Big, soft tannins and firm, natural acidity will see to that. It may take 20 years or more for the wines to reach full maturity. In the short term, Dimchurch 2009 Barossa Shiraz will greatly benefit from a few hours in the decanter after opening.

Appearance: Opaque crimson red-black.

Aroma: Initially, top notes of nectarine and ripe apricot give way to maraschino cherry and molasses. As the wine begins to open up dark red berry fruit emerges, supported by a solid whiff of cedar oak vanillin.

Palate: Primary flavours of rich, dark fruitcake dominate. The mouthfeel is textured, soft, and unctuous on the mid-palate. This overall fruit impression is balanced by a distinctive mineral, slightly bituminous edge. These flavours are supported by solid acidity which provides focus for the long finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown – eRobertParker.com #211 Feb 2014 (92+)

Deep garnet-purple colored and redolent of pepper and ripe black fruit aromas with nuances of violets, cigar boxes, cloves and coffee, the 2009 Dimchurch Shiraz is positioned one pricing level down from the Hoffman Vineyard. In the mouth, it has a big, rich and concentrated, full-bodied frame that shows Ceylon tea and very spicy flavors before finishing long. This wine is gregarious and opulent at once. Drink it now to 2023+

Harvey Steiman – Wine Spectator August 2015 (93)

6000 bottles
390 magnums
Individually numbered bottles
49mm hand select cork finish
Shipped in three bottle increments

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