1999 Chris Ringland Shiraz formerly Three Rivers Shiraz - 98 pts  - 750ml

1999 Chris Ringland Shiraz formerly Three Rivers Shiraz - 98 pts - 750ml

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1999 Chris Ringland Shiraz formerly Three Rivers - 98 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 Syrah
Vintage 1999
Rating 98 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Location Barossa Valley
Producer Ringland Chris (formerly Three Rivers)
Color Red
Wine Type Table

Robert Parker

Rating 98 RP - The Chris Ringland formerly known as Three Rivers Shiraz is aged 42 months in 100% new French oak and is rarely racked until bottling represents an extraordinary expression of Barossa Shiraz. The intense 1999 released in 2004 demonstrates that this vintage is somewhat underrated after all the hype over 1998. From a vineyard planted in 1910 its inky/purple color is accompanied by aromas of lavender lard smoke licorice blackberries cassis espresso roast chocolate and pepper. Full-bodied slightly less voluminous than the perfect 1998 with an unctuous texture sweet tannin and a 70+ second finish this magnificent still young Shiraz should be accessible in 3-5 years and last for two decades. 

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Winery Details

Varietal Syrah
Vintage 1999
Rating 98 RP
Bottle Size 750 ml
Bottle Quantity 1
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Location Barossa Valley
Producer Ringland Chris (formerly Three Rivers)
Color Red
Wine Type Table

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