Ask Ben Riggs to elaborate on his winemaking philosophy,and he’ll reply,
“I make wines that I love to drink”. Simple as that.
So what does Ben like to drink? Wines that express the essence of the
vineyard and variety in a style that is big, rich and complex yet with finesse, texture and elegance. Think Ella Fitzgerald – bombastic and powerful with
a huge vocal range, yet with purity of tone and a gentle sensibility when needed.
Another long-held principle that leads the way for Ben is “iconic wines from iconic regions”. Whether it’s McLaren Vale Shiraz, Coonawarra Cabernet, or Clare Valley Riesling, Ben knows how to tease the best out of varieties in their natural home.
Ben’s viticultural involvement is also a big part of the grand plan. Some of Ben’s best mates are grape growers. They hang out together. A lot. If he wants to make exceptional wines, he knows he needs exceptional fruit. Ben is as passionate about the grape growing process, as he is the practice of winemaking.
After years of honing the style using a combination of Adelaide Hills and our cool climate McLaren Vale vineyard in Clarendon 2016 is our second 100% Adelaide Hills Syrah style wine.
"The old and the new, the past and the future, this Generation Series captures my new approach to selecting and making the wines I love" - Ben Riggs
A vibrant and generous wine, very typical of McLaren Vale Grenache. A fine tribute to a fine young man; and a perfect homage to a perfect find.
Mr. Riggs Fortified Shiraz makes you sit up and pay attention. Just how my father liked it.
As a young winemaker travelling the globe, the ‘Old World’ Chardonnays that Ben fell in love in the 1980’s were described as ‘like drinking cold chalk soup’, and have inspired him to make this beloved Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.
Yacca Paddock vineyard in the Adelaide Hills is owned by international film makers, Scott Hicks and Kerry Heysen-Hicks. Mr. Riggs Yacca Paddock Tempranillo characteristically displays savoury tannins, dried herb undertones, and highlights sweet tart red cherry flavours. Drink with food.
Mr. Riggs 2014 McLaren Vale Shiraz is a blend of two well know McLaren Vale vineyards, Gateway and Piebald Gully. This is the fourteenth release of Shiraz under the Mr. Riggs label.
Onyx and svelte, evocative, long, and intense, this keynote wine anchors an entire winemaking philosophy.