Ben Riggs has been making wine under his namesake label since 2001, after an already extensive career making wine in McLaren Vale, and around the world. Riggs follows the philosophy “iconic wines from iconic regions”. Whether it’s McLaren Vale Shiraz, Coonawarra Cabernet, or Clare Valley Riesling, his wines are expressing the essence of the vineyard and variety in a style that is big, rich and complex, but also with finesse, texture and elegance. In Ben’s own words: “Think Ella Fitzgerald – bombastic and powerful with a huge vocal range, yet with purity of tone and a gentle sensibility when needed.”
The 2015 Scarce Earth Shiraz is a single vineyard Shiraz, sourced from the Burnt Block in my Piebald Gully vineyard in Clarendon. The Burnt Block is so named after the vineyard was planted in 1998 then later that year lightning struck on the boundary, racing through and wiping out the majority of the plantings. The following year it was re-planted and trained as V.S.P. with foliage wires 3m rows x 2m vines. The area ripens up to two weeks later than the rest of McLaren Vale district and receives on average 30% more rainfall. Although a cooler sub region it still enjoys the benefits of a Mediterranean climate.
SHIRAZ OF THE YEAR - Winestate Magazines 2018 Wine of the Year Awards
Very deep, bright red/purple colour. The bouquet is bright and intensely spicy, with lashings of char-oak aromas over nicely ripe black fruits. There is a delicious core of fruit sweetness surrounded by lashings of soft tannin, the whole thing very full-bodied but effortlessly balanced and lingering long on the farewell. A marvellous, hedonistic shiraz. Rating: 96 Points & Gold Medal; Huon Hooke
A strong, commanding wine with bulging muscles of tannin and cherry-berry and (dark) choc flavours in abundance. Cork-permitting, this will mature positively over a long period of time. Drink to: 2042; Price: $50.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2018; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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