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Ben Riggs
6 August 2015 | Ben Riggs

NV Battle Axe Sparkling Shiraz features in Tony Love's Top 100 Wines

Source: Tony Love, The Advertiser Adelaide, Tony Love's Top 100 Wines, 'Star Reds: Winter's Best Buys, 18th July 2015, p. 2.

Ben Riggs
5 August 2015 | Ben Riggs

Adelaide Chardonnay Winery of the Year 2015

We are delighted that Mr. Riggs has been awarded Adelaide Chardonnay Winery of the Year 2015 by the New York International Wine Competition.

Time Posted: 05/08/2015 at 2:15 PM
Ben Riggs
7 July 2015 | Ben Riggs

My attractive Grenache... The Magnet a '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
26 June 2015 | Ben Riggs

Vintage 2015 - A reflection in visual form

#vintage2015 #v15 #TheWineSociety #whilealivecelebrate

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.

Ben Riggs
8 May 2015 | Ben Riggs

Mr. Riggs 2012 The Magnet Grenache a wonderful pairing with Gouda

Andrew Hanna (from John Hanna & Sons Ltd, Canada) has struck again with his captivating blog pieces. This time, he talks about wine and cheese pairing in his blog piece: 'Wine & Cheese Pairing: Perfect Wine Matches for 11 of the World's Greatest Cheeses'. Mr. Riggs 2012 The Magnet Grenache is spoken about as a great mid-weight red wine to go nicely with Gouda. See below.

Gouda can be produced in both semi-hard and hard styles, and is made in Holland from cow’s milk. Gouda is a terrific example of a cheese whose profile, texture, flavour and value differs greatly based on how long it has been aged. With roots in Holland dating back almost 1,000 years, it should come as no surprise that the Dutch have had plenty of time to explore and learn about the optimal conditions and length of aging to produce amazing flavours. Even the most aged expressions of Gouda are not “over the top” with flavour, so we recommend mid-weight red wines (here’s a perfect example!) with moderate silky tannins, as not to overpower the complex flavours that come with aged expression of this cheese.

Read the full article here.

Ben Riggs
5 May 2015 | Ben Riggs

Our Watervale Clare Valley Riesling gets a mention in '5 Killer White Wines With Amazing Aging Potential'

Coming in at number 4, the Mr. Riggs Clare Valley Riesling gets a mention in Andrew Hanna's (John Hanna & Sons Ltd, Canada) latest blog piece about white wines with amazing cellaring potential. Cheers Andrew!



So, when most of us start thinking of Aussie wines our minds immediately gravitate towards reds – particularly Shiraz. And if I were to ask you to think about Aussie whites, you’d probably come back with Chardonnay. With all that in mind, it might come as a surprise to many that Australia is home to one of the great Riesling terroirs you’ll find anywhere in the world about 100km north of the City of Adelaide in a place called Clare Valley.

Due to its relatively high altitude, the Clare Valley offers up a cooler climate perfectly suited to the production of high quality age-worth Rieslings – and Riesling as a varietal offers some of the longest aging potential and amazing value of any white wines. Young Rieslings can be delicious and refreshing and clean – but if you have the patience to give it some time in the cellar, the rewards are worth the wait (and here’s a fabulous producer to watch for!).

As Riesling ages, it tends to evolve texturally, developing added layers of richness and viscosity making it an even better partner alongside fine food. Rieslings that begin their life somewhat off-dry tend to become more dry as they age and their natural acidity also tends to trend downwards with time in the cellar. Aged Rieslings become a perfect partner next to Indian or Asian food; I absolutely adore wines like this served with dishes offering up a bit of heat and spice.

Now for the best news of all – you can get your hands on delicious expressions of Riesling that are well suited to a bit of aging for $20-$30 per bottle, many of which will evolve and improve gracefully for 10-20 years, sometimes longer. In terms of pennies per year of aging potential, you’ve got to love this wine math!


Read the full blog article here.

Ben Riggs
1 May 2015 | Ben Riggs

Third release of Mr. Riggs 'Scarce Earth' Shiraz - today!

I am pleased to announce that we have released our 2013 'Scarce Earth' Shiraz today, it being the third subsequent release under this prestigious stamp. It is always an honour to stamp my own with with this badge, particularly because this drop was produced from hand-picked fruit derived from my very own Piebald Gully vineyard in Clarendon.

One of the criteria of the Scarce Earth initiative is that the wine be made from single plots of land with a unique flavour profile and personality. To find out more about the Scarce Earth initiative, click here.

This drop in particular is elegant and pretty - some would say a more feminine style of Shiraz compared to the blockbusters in the Mr. Riggs line up.

Mr. Riggs 2013 'Scarce Earth' Shiraz is only available at our cellar door or online. I tempt you to give it a try, you are almost certain to fall in love!

Ben Riggs
11 February 2015 | Ben Riggs

Mr. Riggs Wine Co. celebrates $100,000 donation milestone

Today I hosted an exclusive tasting with Flinders Medical Centre Foundation's leading researcher, Dr. Michael Michaels, and executive director, Debbie Palmer, where I presented them with a $5,000 cheque to contribute to the foundation's efforts in finding a cure for cancer. This marked our $100,000 donatio0n milestone. As you may recall, Mr. Riggs has an enduring relationship with the FMCF, as I have been contributing funds from sales of one of my most popular wines, The Gaffer Shiraz, for the past 10 years (and many many more to come). To mark this, The Gaffer Shiraz adorns its pink cap proudly.