Even better together, here’s a triumphant trio of South Australian Shiraz worth cheering about. From three of the region’s most acclaimed producers, these wines will strut their way into your cellar with all of the swagger and might Aussie Shiraz is famous for.
In this trio, you receive a bottle of each of the following: Chris Ringland Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz, Barossa 2013 Torbreck RunRig Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2018 Clarendon Hills Astralis Syrah, McLaren Vale 2016
Adrian Hoffmann's epic patch of ancient vines in Ebenezer is renown amongst Barossa-philes. 125 year old shiraz lies on red/brown loams over limestone and winemaker, Chris Ringland has a long-standing relationship with Adrian and his land. Pop your nose in the glass and you quickly do a double-take trying to take in the sheer concentration and monolithic quality of the fruit. Über-intense blackberry, black cherry and cassis notes jump out of the glass with hints of cherry clafoutis, clove and baking spice, black strap licorice, bay leaf, earth, dark soy, smoked meats and dried herbs. The fruit weight and density is peaking the meters, the tannin long and sandy-fine and that hefty 16.5% alcohol is perfectly in balance with fine acidity providing drive and frame. It's a beast, and I mean that in the best way possible. Give it an extended decant and enjoy.
97 points, Wine Companion (November 2021)
Very deep red/purple colour, with a more reserved bouquet of black fruits, dark chocolate and licorice, the latter coming through more strongly on the palate. It's full-bodied and richly-flavoured, with ample tannins that run the full length of the palate leaving a cleansing but balanced after-grip. Superb intensity, line and length; not a blockbuster but full-bodied and beautifully modulated. Lots of chocolate-mocha and blackberry on the finish. A cracker of a wine and a very stylish RunRig.
98 points, The Real Review (February 2021)
Torbreck's 2018 RunRig needs a bit of air right now, as the nose and palate truly open up and expand after a while in the glass. Unlike some vintages, it's rather tight and cedary upon first pour, then relaxes to reveal hints of stone fruit, blueberries, cherries, pastry crust and baking spices. In the mouth, it's full-bodied and concentrated, richly textured and marked by ripe tannins, which leave behind a velvety, mouth-coating finish tinged with licorice and dark berries. While approachable now—and even damn enjoyable—it deserves another several years in the cellar. Drink the 2018 Descendant while waiting.
99 points, Wine Advocate (July 2021)
A really complex wine already, this has aromas of blackberry, tar and dried spice, as well as blueberry and gentle, herbal edges. The essence-like blackberries and dark plums are delivered in a rich, full-flavored style. Great old-vine shiraz from a stunning vintage.
98 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2021)
The inky, tannic 2016 Astralis Syrah will no doubt need some time before it reaches its apogee. Right now, it only hints at that potential. Appetizing scents of roasted meat and cinnamon toast meet red raspberries and black cherries on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate is densely concentrated and richly textured but closed, locked up by firm, dusty tannins that bar the lengthy finish from expanding and being truly expressive. I'm tempted to say buyers should check in on the wine in five years, but that may not be enough time. If you absolutely must check it out now, taste it repeatedly over the course of a full evening to catch glimpses of espresso, black olives and delicate herbal nuances.
97+ points, Wine Advocate (September 2021)
A warm, early harvest. This really intense shiraz has such exotic and complex style with aromas of red plum, pomegranate, blackberry and sandalwood, as well as sweeter florals and graphite. Really dynamic. The palate has almost impenetrable density with high extract and long, ripe dark-fruit flavors. Dark-chocolate finish. Still a pup.
98 points, JamesSuckling.com (November 2021)