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2015 Chris Ring­land CR Shi­raz

This fruit-for­ward wine in­tro­duces con­sumers to an oak-dom­i­nant, struc­tured, full shi­raz. The nose has hints of sweet vanilla cream and dis­tinct blue­berry notes. As the wine opens up, clas­sic Barossa-shi­raz aro­mas of black­berry jam and milk choco­late as­sert them­selves. Chris Ring­land says it’s an “ap­proach­able Barossa shi­raz” that will age well. “Bury it in the cel­lar for 10 years and when you pull it out, you’ll look like a hero.”

2013 Chris Ring­land Sealed Shi­raz

The Sealed shi­raz is a step up in qual­ity and Barossa ex­pres­sion. The parcels that have been se­lected have riper, darker shi­raz aro­mat­ics (black­ber­ries, black cher­ries, sweet spices and dark choco­late) and stronger oak vanillin to match. “I spend a lot of time vi­su­al­is­ing how peo­ple will en­counter our wine,” says Chris Ring­land. “Sealed is good for a spe­cial oc­ca­sion.” This is a shi­raz that’ll only im­prove over the years.

2013 Chris Ring­land Reser­va­tion

Reser­va­tion is a small-batch wine made from parcels of pre­mium fruit care­fully se­lected by Chris Ring­land and vi­gneron Adrian Hoff­mann. “The wine­mak­ing is lav­ish, with three years’ mat­u­ra­tion in new French oak,” says Ring­land. “When you open a bot­tle, you can see what’s gone into cre­at­ing a very spe­cial wine.” The ex­tended mat­u­ra­tion cap­tures the sec­ondary aro­mat­ics: dried fruits, vi­o­lets, spices and milk choco­late.

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