...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.
Chris Ringland is one of Australia’s most admired winemakers. He was the winemaker at Three Rivers and numerous other wine ventures in Australia. In 1994 he bought property with old vines in the Barossa region of South Australia. Today he makes a signature Shiraz which inevitably impresses wine writers with a taste for big, bold wines. Robert M. Parker Jr. has often awarded Ringland’s Shiraz 100 pts, and describes Ringland as being “on the short list of the world’s greatest Syrah producers.”
South Australia is the nation’s most important wine region. South Australia is to Australia what California is to the U.S. About half of Australia’s wine comes from South Australia and many of the country’s most acclaimed producers are there. Wineries based in South Australia include Penfolds Grange, Torbreck, Amon Ra, Henschke and Jacob’s Creek. The prestigious Barossa Valley is located in South Australia, and is often compared to Napa Valley because it is gorgeous topography covered in grape vines. First farmed by 19th century German-speakers who immigrated from what is now Poland, the Barossa Valley is the crown jewel of the region. South Australia has widely varying climates, from very hot, dry areas to cooler, high altitude areas. There are more than 150,000 acres of vineyards in South Australia, with more being planted each month. Shiraz is king, though the region also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre, Chardonnay and Semillon.
This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.