Recently The General held the Fleurieu Film Festival Launch. Brad and I were asked by the Fleurieu Film Festival team why we were opening up The General Wine Bar & Kitchen. Here's why:
Not long to go now..
We are excited and hope you are too.
Ben (Mr.) Riggs.
For the past 10 years Mr. Riggs has been donating to the Flinders Foundation, this relationship has seen Mr. Riggs donate over $100,000 to the foundation through sales of The Gaffer McLaren Vale Shiraz.
Each October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is during this month that for every purchase of a case of Mr. Riggs The Gaffer Shiraz, with 20% discount and free shipping, we donate the proceeds of one bottle to Flinders Foundation.
In 2016 it is estimated that there will 15,934 women and 150 men diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia.
This results in approximately 1 in every 8 women and 1 in every 719 men being diagnosed by their 85th birthday.
This is a cause close to my heart, after losing my dear friend and brand manager Kym Pilkington to cancer. Through our donations to Flinders Foundation we hope to one day find a cure. Please join us in support of awareness of Breast Cancer and purchase a case of Mr. Riggs The Gaffer Shiraz today.
Ben (Mr.) Riggs
As you may be aware, we are currently working on our new cellar door, The General Wine Bar & Kitchen, in McLaren Flat. This will be our new home, along with our good friends Zonte's Footstep. This collaborative venture aims hope to bring together the locals of McLaren Flat, wine lovers and visitors alike in their enjoyment of good food and good wine. Our cellar door will provide you with a unique wine and dining experience showcasing our passion.
Here are some of the progress shots:
Front Door Entrance
Inside The General Wine Bar & Kitchen
Checking out the new render
I'm looking forward to sharing some more updates with you soon!
*OPENING DATE TBA*
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.
Our flagship 2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz was awarded a DOUBLE GOLD medal in the 2016 Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards, happy times!
Rosie (one of my winemaker's) and I had a big day out the other day checking all of my different vineyards, to make sure they are holding up okay this vintage season.
Stop 1 - Angaston Bakery (brekky stop!)
Stop 2 - Angaston vineyard (Barossa Valley, SA)
Stop 3 - Churinga vineyard (Clare Valley, SA)
Stop 4 - Partalunga vineyard (Adelaide Hills, SA)
We are very proud of the results we recently received for our wines at the China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2016 - including FIVE Double Gold medals, a TROPHY, and SIX Gold medals. Can't get much better than that!
2014 The Truant Shiraz
2013 Piebald Syrah
2014 The Ring In Shiraz
2014 The Delinquent Shiraz
2014 Watervale Riesling + TROPHY
2013 The Magnet Grenache
2014 Montepulciano d'Adelaide Hills
2013 Cold Chalk Chardonnay
2013 Scarce Earth Shiraz
Castro's Ligador 2013 Shiraz Mataro
2015 Mrs Viognier
Halliday magazine, February/March 2016, "Best Value', p. 85