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Ben Riggs
 
25 February 2016 | Ben Riggs

Introducing to you my new fortifieds...

I am pleased to announce the release of my new fortified wines, The Elder Fortified Shiraz and Sticky End Riesling.

The Elder 2013 Fortified Shiraz

Small batch, vintage fortified Shiraz made with fruit from Piebald (my personal vineyard), which is naturally spicy with elegant structure. I added spirit on the skins to stop fermentation, extracts so that there was much more tannin. The spirit broke down the skins, resulting in a fortified Shiraz amazingly structured. My inspiration for making this wine came from loving the Portuguese vintage ports. I prefer more elegant traditional Australian styles, more structured.

View The Elder in our online store here.

Sticky End 2013 Riesling

An Adelaide Hills Riesling. Instead of drying, we froze it to make 'ice wine' - to help get rid of the sugar to then ferment it. Sweet and concentrated, spicy, matched well with any type of dessert.

View Sticky End in our online store here.

Ben Riggs
 
Ben Riggs
 
14 August 2015 | Ben Riggs

Celebrate Chardonnay

I had a dream. This dream entailed re-creating my sweet memory of an 80s Chablis with clean, dry, tightly wound and mineral proportions. It’s taken me a while not only to produce a Chardonnay of this ilk, (going against market trends I’ll have you know), but also to refine the style to a modern expression of the “cold chalk soup” I experienced many moons ago.

Fast forward to 2014, and this wine is certainly more modern in its sensibility, with gentle oak influences supplying buttery overtones and exotic fruity expressions of white fruits (peaches and banana) balanced by refreshing and tightly wound mineral acidity. Its flinty, steely edge and chalky mouthfeel do nothing to affect the purity of its fruit in flavour or aroma.

For me, the texture of the wine is the crucial component of a successful Chardonnay – there’s no point trying to break the mould when the original works so well. 

Ben Riggs
 
7 July 2015 | Ben Riggs

My attractive Grenache... The Magnet a 'velvety rich bbq red wine you'll be proud to serve'

WINE OF THE WEEK #1510: VELVETY RICH BBQ RED WINE YOU’LL BE PROUD TO SERVE

After witnessing the destruction of the “Vine Pull Scheme” of the 1980’s (where a majority of old vine Grenache was decimated in the region) Ben has remained steadfastly determined to... [read the full blog here]

Ben Riggs
 
2 June 2015 | Ben Riggs

The Magnet Grenache pairs great with this magnificant Mexican-inspired dish

Andrew Hanna delights us once again with his blogging mastery in his latest piece about summer Mexican-style dishes and their wine pairings. Mr. Riggs 2012 The Magnet Grenache features in this blog as a great pairing with yummy slow-cooked turkey and black bean tacos - yummo!

To read the blog article and access this delicious recipe, click here.

Ben Riggs
 
13 May 2015 | Ben Riggs

Expand your palate - Riesling

In this video by The Wine Society, I talk about Riesling and why I love this grape variety. I tempt you to expand your palate, and open up your tastebuds to the world of Riesling.