2003 Mr. Riggs Shiraz Mclaren Vale
92 points Robert Parker: Dense, tannic, rich, and full... Aged 18 months in French oak (40% new), its deep purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of creosote, black fruits, licorice, and earth. With full body, good definition, and an opulent finish, it can be consumed over the next decade.
Wine.comThis is the third release of Shiraz under the Mr. Riggs label, and as with the 2001 and 2002 wines, is based around a core of pristine fruit with dark red berries, hints of spice, earth, tar and leather and with seamlessly integrated oak. Ripe tannins are apparent but not overwhelming, meaning this is a wine which can be enjoyed now or in the next 10-15 years. The Wine Advocate Issue 155 10/25/04 Robert Parker 92 pts Denser, more tannic, rich, and full is the 2003 Shiraz. Aged 18 months in French Oak (40% new), its deep purple colour is accompanied by sweet aromas of creosote, black fruits, liquorice, and earth. With full body, good definition, and an opulent finish, it can be consumed over the next decade.
Wine & SpiritsAged in 80% French oak and 20% American (of which 60% is new), this barrel sample (to be bottled in November) was immensely impressive. There will be 400 cases of this dense inky/purple-colored Shiraz. It offers a gorgeous nose of licorice, melted road tar, blackberry liqueur, and sweet black currants. There is dazzling palate persistence, tremendous texture, and full body, but the wine is neither heavy nor out of balance. The finish lasts for 45+ seconds. With thrilling density and richness yet good equilibrium, it will drink well for 10-15 years.