Chris Ringland Hoffmann Shiraz 2013


“Chris Ringland is ‘an international grandmaster of Shiraz’”– Robert Parker

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Chris collaboration with Adrian that is Hoffmann Vineyard seeks to re-define the relationship between grape grower and winemaker. Traditionally, in a scenario where grower and winemaker are not one in the same, the winemaker communicates with the grower to determine the harvest parameters required for the style of wine. But Chris is fortunate to be able to combine my winemaking skills with generations of Hoffmann family grape growing knowledge, in determining the sectors of the vineyards to be employed to create a unique insight into the regional and seasonal expression of any given year.Adrian and Chris strive to make a powerful and rich expression of Shiraz while retaining the soft, luxurious tannin structure achieved by extended barrel maturation. As always, the 2012 Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz is the result of a rigorous barrel section process.

“Adrian Hoffmann’s epic patch of ancient vines in Ebenezer is renowned among Barossa-philes. 125yo shiraz vines, on red-brown loams over limestone. Winemaker Chris Ringland has a long-standing relationship with Adrian and his land. Pop your nose in the glass and you quickly 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, blackstrap 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. 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 pts, Dave Brookes- Wine Companion

97 pts, RP

Varietal: Shiraz
Vintage: 2013
Region: Barossa
Wine type: Red
Winery: Chris Ringland