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The Gaffer Shiraz

The Gaffer is a tribute to Ben Riggs great-great-great grandfather, John 'The Gaffer' Riggs (1814-1902), who was one of South Australia's most renowned farmers. This McLaren Vale Shiraz was made to acknowledge 150 years of the Riggs family's rich farming heritage in South Australia. Since 2006 The Gaffer Shiraz has worn its pink cap in acknowledgement of our partnership with the Flinders Foundation and their fight against cancer.

Bottle 750ml
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Regular price $30.00
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The fruit for �The Gaffer� has been sourced from five vineyards; Martins, Gateway, John Rivers, Tim Hunts and Piebald Gully vineyard. All in different sub-regions of McLaren Vale; from the warmest, earliest picked vineyards to the coolest, latest picked vineyards. Blending the sub-regions together brings out the best of the variety and is key to the iconic Gaffer style. Picked on different days the fruit from the five vineyards are separately fermented in 5 tonne open fermenters. Fermented on skins for 7 - 10 days the 20% of the wine is then pressed straight to barrel from press. The wine was then matured in oak, 90% French and 10% American. Parcels of fruit are then blended just before bottling.
Vintage 2009
Variety Shiraz
Region McLaren Vale
Cellaring Celler well up to 7 years
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Aroma

Lifted and aromatic with aromas of rich red fruits and herbal undertones.

Palate

A medium weight Shiraz, the style of The Gaffer is soft, flavoursome, and fruit driven

94 points Nick's Wine Merchants
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, July/August2011
93 points The Key Review of Wine, Issue 33, 13th Feb 2011. Tony Keys