3 Rings Shiraz 2013
The 3 Rings label was founded in 2004 and soon thereafter was earning 90+ ratings for its Shiraz and Reserve Shiraz in the world wine media, with the grapes coming from the rich terroir of Australia‚Äôs famed Barossa Valley. The vineyards for 3 Rings Shiraz lie on an east-west slope with predominantly north-south rows, at an average age of 35 years. The soils are ancient and primarily clay over calcrete and slate bedrock, moving to more weathered slate at the bottom of an ancient glacier. Over the hills, the soils are deep, sandy loam and black clays. The grapes for 3 Rings Reserve Shiraz come from the nearby Kalimna sub-region of Barossa. It is a single vineyard owned by David Hickinbotham (one of the ‚Äúthree rings‚Äù of the wine‚Äôs name). The terroir here also is sandy loam over black clay – and the age of the vines is an average of 85 years.
Wine Spectator 89 points – Cedary up front, with an appealing layer of smoke and spice to the bright, supple and ripe cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. Notes of tobacco and clove gain presence on the finish. Drink now. 4,500 cases made.
Good to have with slow cooked brisket, grilled lamb, grass feed beef or a hearty beef stew and, of course, steak.