1995 Three Rivers Shiraz by Chris Ringland - 99 pts - 750ml

1995 Three Rivers Shiraz by Chris Ringland - 99 pts - 750ml

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1995 Three Rivers Shiraz by Chris Ringland - 99 pts!

Chris Ringland is one of the foremost winemakers in Australia. He produces Shiraz-based wines from both his own Barossa vineyard and from those managed by the North Barossa Vintners company; both bear his name. The flagship wine is the Chris Ringland Dry Grown Barossa Ranges Shiraz, which is one of the most highly priced wines made in Australia, and is produced in tiny quantities.

It is known for its rich texture and weight. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the wine received 100-point ratings from the then highly influential US wine critic Robert Parker on five occasions.

Since 1995 the wine has come from the unirrigated Stone Chimney Creek Vineyard, a 2 hectare (5 acre) block of very old vines in the Barossa Ranges. It is typically fermented in new French oak open top vats and aged in new French oak hogsheads (300 liters) for 48 months.

It is then matured in bottle for several more years before release. The Dry Grown Barossa Ranges Shiraz has been known to reach as much as 17 percent alcohol. A second wine from the property, Randall's Hill, is made from parcels deemed less ageworthy, and is only released in certain years. Just a handful of barrels of each wine are made.

      


Product Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1995
Rating 99 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region South Australia
Location Barossa Valley
Producer Three Rivers (Chris Ringland)
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 99 RP - Since there are just under 50 cases of this wine for the world the tasting notes are short as they are primarily of academic interest. One-hundred-year old vines cropped at one ton of fruit per acre produced a virtually perfect wine of splendid concentration symmetry and length nearly a minute. An opaque black/purple color is followed by staggering aromas of black fruits truffles sweet earth and wood. With amazing viscosity density and concentration that transcend any Shiraz I have ever tasted this monumental wine represents an extraordinary achievement. Its low acidity and phenomenal richness should offer early accessibility but it promises to evolve for two decades or more. This may be the greatest Shiraz produced in Australia. P.S. A bottle left open for four days had no traces of fruit loss or oxidation. 

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Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1995
Rating 99 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country USA
Region South Australia
Location Barossa Valley
Producer Three Rivers (Chris Ringland)
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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