What to drink?
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.