Chris Ringland is one of Australia’s most highly regarded winemakers. His flagship Chris Ringland Shiraz (not this wine), which was formerly known as Three Rivers Shiraz, sells for around $550 a bottle. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the wine landed a bunch of 100 point scores from Robert Parker Jr, who is probably the most influential critic of all time, which put it on the radar of many US connoisseurs and saw the price shoot up to ridiculous levels.
His name is on this wine, the Chris Ringland Cr Shiraz 2016, but I can’t tell you how much he had to do with its making. For one thing, the CR no longer appear on his website alongside the other wines he produces. For another, I can’t find any more information about it online, which is fairly suss. It’s also sold exclusively by Dan Murphy’s and BWS so I suspect Woolworths is involved heavily here.
Anyway, none of that is really important I suppose. It’s what’s in the bottle that matters. On that front:
The Review: Chris Ringland CR Shiraz 2016
The nose is very “Barossa”: Plum, chocolate, maybe some cloves and a little saltbush. There’s lots of fruit flavour on the palate. It’s full-bodied, with a firm acidity. There’s a fine tannic drag on the finish, which is packed with more fruit flavour. It’s a definite crowd pleaser, I’d say, though it was better with some air than on opening. So, maybe give it half an hour if you can. At $22 a bottle its around fair value.