2002 Chris Ringland Shiraz formerly Three Rivers - 100 pts - 750ml

2002 Chris Ringland Shiraz formerly Three Rivers - 100 pts - 750ml

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2002 Chris Ringland Shiraz formerly Three Rivers - 100 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 2002
Rating 100 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

Robert Parker 100 RP - 2002 Chris Ringland Shiraz formerly Three Rivers - 100 pts! It is difficult to say that Chris Ringland's latest Shiraz is his best to date because he has set the bar so high. The 2002 Shiraz Chris Ringland, sourced from a vineyard planted in 1910 with yields of 1 ton per acre, comes from a vintage Ringland describes as good to be true. The wine took 18 months to go through malolactic fermentation. Purple/black-colored, it offers up a killer perfume of mineral, scorched earth, truffle, fresh asphalt, licorice, blueberry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, dense, and thick, it has fabulous spicy, black fruit flavors, great balance, and enough structure to drink well for 30-40 years. It is a truly monumental Shiraz on a level with the best Syrahs of Guigal, Chave, Chapoutier, Bratasiuk, and Krankl. To put the 2002 in some context, Ringland also presented the 1999 (99 points), the 2000 (97 points), and the 2001 (100 points). I'm convinced! 

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Winery Details

Varietal Syrah
Vintage 2002
Rating 100 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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