Mr Riggs The Gaffer Shiraz 2016 Grapes for “The Gaffer” have been sourced from the best vineyards from a variety of McLaren Vale’s best sites A tried and tested area for growing
full-flavoured Shiraz, McLaren Vale has almost the perfect climate for grape growing; warm summers, low humidity, good winter rain and long Autumns to ensure that grapes achieve ripeness, flavour, acid and balance.
Vintage 2016 experienced small yield, however, a yield of great quality grapes that produced elegant, pretty, feminine Shiraz. The winter was relatively normal, very wet like preceding vintages 2014 & 2015 .
The soil moisture was favourable, leading into the spring. January was very warm, and winds were very strong which contributed to a loss in yield. Overall, a favourable vintage that lead to great quality Shiraz.
Mr Riggs The Gaffer Shiraz 2016 Charming, immense, and immensely affable, the Gaffer 2016 is outstanding. A firm aromatic slap of blackcurrant precedes rose, thyme, and paprika, and these heady notes complex into cherry wood, white pepper, and vanilla on the palate. All of this is matched to the texture of velour, but with much more style. “The Gaffer” is a flavoursome, fruit driven, full bodied Shiraz that is exceptionally well balanced and assured to please the palate… with a touch of PINK!
More about the Town:
McLaren Vale is just 40 mins by road from the capital of South Australia- Adelaide, which is part of the Internationally recognized Wine Capital of the World
, only 11 capitals exist including San Francisco
and several others.
McLaren Vale is one of the Iconic regions that host winemakers and wine lovers from all over the world each vintage.
A region that encapsulates 75+ wineries and 150 Vineyards within an open ended Valley that reaches the Southern Ocean. Cooling sea Breezes allow the region to freshen over nights and develop that wonderful acidity that McLaren Vale is famous for.
The Mediterranean climate was so attractive the the European Immigrants back in the 40’s and 50 that we now see a broad array of varietals coming to the for. Italian varietals, Spanish and French styles are perfectly suited to the Vale!!!