1996 Three Rivers Shiraz by Chris Ringland - 100 pts - 750ml

1996 Three Rivers Shiraz by Chris Ringland - 100 pts - 750ml

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1996 Three Rivers Shiraz by Chris Ringland - 100 pts!
A colossal effort and very much in keeping with the style produced by the owner/winemaker Chris Ringland the 1996 Shiraz (only 100 cases produced) is made from 90-year old vines. Following malolactic fermentation in cask it spent 40 months in new oak prior to being bottled unfiltered. This is arguably the greatest Shiraz made in Australia but sadly there is little of it. This viscous black/purple-colored wine represents the essence of both wine and Shiraz. With impeccable balance uncanny as well as unreal levels of concentration yet perfectly integrated tannin acidity alcohol and wood it is akin to a dry vintage port. Once past the explosive bouquet of creme de cassis espresso melted fudge and graphite this massive yet seamless wine offers layers of unctuously-textured flavors crammed with blackberries smoke charcoal and currants. The finish lasts for 70+ seconds. The wine should prove to be immortal lasting for 30-50 years but who is going to wait that long to unleash the magic? This is compelling stuff! I just wish there were ten times the quantity produced. Kudos to Chris Ringland for this ultimate Australian blockbuster Shiraz. RP

Product Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1996
Rating 100 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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Rating 100 RP - 1996 Three Rivers Shiraz by Chris Ringland - 100 pts! A colossal effort and very much in keeping with the style produced by the owner/winemaker Chris Ringland the 1996 Shiraz (only 100 cases produced) is made from 90-year old vines. Following malolactic fermentation in cask it spent 40 months in new oak prior to being bottled unfiltered. This is arguably the greatest Shiraz made in Australia but sadly there is little of it. This viscous black/purple-colored wine represents the essence of both wine and Shiraz. With impeccable balance uncanny as well as unreal levels of concentration yet perfectly integrated tannin acidity alcohol and wood it is akin to a dry vintage port. Once past the explosive bouquet of creme de cassis espresso melted fudge and graphite this massive yet seamless wine offers layers of unctuously-textured flavors crammed with blackberries smoke charcoal and currants. The finish lasts for 70+ seconds. The wine should prove to be immortal lasting for 30-50 years but who is going to wait that long to unleash the magic? This is compelling stuff! I just wish there were ten times the quantity produced. Kudos to Chris Ringland for this ultimate Australian blockbuster Shiraz. RP

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Winery Details

Varietal Proprietary Blend
Vintage 1996
Rating 100 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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