Wine of the Week #1510: Mr Riggs Grenache

[ 2013 Mr Riggs Grenache “The Magnet” ]



[ Farming & Vineyards ]

After witnessing the destruction of the “Vine Pull Scheme” of the 1980’s (where a majority of old vine Grenache was decimated in the region) Ben has remained steadfastly determined to do his part in showcasing Australia’s remaining viticultural heritage by acquiring old vineyards (where possible) and making wine from these great old vines plots. The 100 year old vines that produce the Grenache for this wine are dry grown (no irrigation) bush vines located at Dogridge Vineyard in McLaren Vale.

Approximately 8 acres of vineyard remain here and are grow in the alluvial soil of the Kurragong geology formation – a well-drained soil ideally suited to growing Grenache. These old vines are low yielding but each bunch providing a concentrated array of flavours from ripe cherries to plums and blackberries. Hand picked in the cool of the morning, 60% whole bunches were put into 5 tonne open fermenter with the remaining 40% crushed onto the top of the Grenache bunches. A daily program of pump-overs assists in partial carbonic maceration adding complexity to the wine.

[ Price ]

BOTTLE: Regular Price: $29.95  /  Sale Price: $24.95

CASE: Regular Price: $359.40  /  Sale Price: $300.00

Private Import – Order Online

[ Technical Specs ]




Case Pack: 12 x 750mL

GRAPES: 100% Old Vines Grenache

[ Recipes & Food Pairings ]

Lamb Meatballs w/ Goat Cheese Tzatziki – RECIPE

Cilantro & Soy Marinated Beef Satay – RECIPE

Provencal Style Lemon & Rosemary Ribeye – RECIPE

[ Tasting Notes ]

“Violet colour. Fruity aromas of cranberry sauce, blueberries, and delicate spices and herbs with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long roasted beets, menthol mint lozenge, nuts, and cornichon finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A complex and enticing Grenache with lots of savoury herbal character.”

92/100 Points – Beverage Testing Institute

Enticing raspberry perfume, laden with cherries, liquorice and savoury notes fill the nose. Vibrant earthy plum with hints of spice of cumin, wooden bark and chocolate round the palate and give it an unctuous mouth feel. A well balanced and true iconic gnarly McLaren Vale Grenache.

Winemaker’s Notes


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