2006 Three Rings Shiraz by lanyuehua


                      Three Rings
                        Barossa Valley
         90% Shiraz / 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

                         CSPC# 15495

                         (D)           15%

        January 31, 2009 Vintages Release
                        (500 cases of 12)

NOTE: This wine sells for $28.99 per bottle at BC Liquor stores.

NOTE: The grapes are sourced from three different vineyards:
Kalimna, Gommersal & Light’s Pass;
Age of Vines:1965/1998/1992.
[COMPARE: Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz sells for $34.95]

Wine Spectator (US)
Issue: October 15, 2008 (Web Only) – Harvey Steiman
91 pts
“Smooth and graceful, offering a fairly plush mouthful of plum, blackberry and a
nice hint of peppermint as the finish rolls on. Has a purity and focus that’s
beguiling. Drink now through 2016.”
Ref: http://csnwine.com/cart/product.php?productid=725896&cat=0&page=1

Jay Miller (US)
Issue: October 31, 2007 – Issue#173 - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
91 pts
“There are 14,000 cases of the 2006 Shiraz, a wine sourced from three Barossa
vineyards. The wine was aged in seasoned American oak. Opaque purple colored,
it offers up a jammy perfume of cedar, spice box, violets, blueberry, and
blackberry. This leads to a medium to full-bodied wine made in a surprisingly
elegant style. Supple-textured, full-flavored, with well-integrated tannin, this
hedonistic effort will evolve for 3-5 years but can be enjoyed now and over the
next 10 years.

R Wines is a new company founded by importer and marketing genius, Dan
Philips, along with co-owner, renowned winemaker, Chris Ringland. Winemakers
for R Wines are Chris Ringland, Lisa Wetherell, Andrew Hercock, and John
Hughes. It encompasses four familiar labels, Marquis Philips, 3 Rings, Roogle,
and Bitch, along with 13 others created especially for R Wines. Needless to say,
the packaging of these wines is amazingly creative but, more importantly, what is
in the bottle consistently over-delivers from low-end to high-end.”
Ref: http://csnwine.com/cart/product.php?productid=725896&cat=0&page=1 &

Michael Vaughan (CAN)
Issue: January 31, 2009 – Vintage Assessments
2 – 2 ½ stars (out of 3) & Recommended
“Extremely intense purple colour. Spicy, slightly smoky, juicy, plummy, black
cherry nose. Solid, fairly dry, medium bodied, quite extracty and yet harmonious,
juicy, plummy, black cherry flavours with a lingering, very slightly smoky finish.
So what's not to like? Screwcap closure.”
Ref: www.vintageassessments.com

Rod Phillips (CAN)
Issue: January 31, 2009 – Wine Pointer
4 ½ stars (out of 5)
“This is a medium-weight shiraz that’s graceful and stylish, and balances as well as
the performer on the label. If you’re looking for a shiraz that pairs easily with food
(red mats, primarily) and has a refreshing texture, here you go.”
Ref: http://rodphillipsonwine.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=104

Michael Pinkus (CAN)
Issue: January 31, 2009 – Ontario Wine Review
“…a real beauty with smooth Shiraz tastes of blackberry and pepper, there’s even a
dollop of chocolate on the mid-palate.”
Ref: http://grapeguyvintages.blogspot.com/

Nicks Wine (AUS) – Melbourne Wine Shop
Issue: May 14, 2008
90 pts & 4 stars & HOT Item
“A new wine from the partnership of Chris Ringland and U.S. Importer Dan
Phillips of The Grateful Palate. Totally opaque black purple colour with black
purple hue, showing excellent cling. Top note of vanilla, followed by blackberry
juice, violets and liquorice allsorts. A classic ripe Shiraz sniff. On the palate
flavours of dark chocolate and spice emerge. The palate length is shorter than
expected, lacking the depth and complexity promised by the nose. Fine grained
tannins. Aftertaste of dark chocolate and spice. Cellar 2-3 years (2010-2011)
Alc/Vol: 15%.”
Ref: https://www.nicks.com.au/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductId=480183

Ken’s Wine Guide (US)
91 pts
“This very dark purple wine opens with a soft blueberry like bouquet. On the
palate, this medium bodied wine is soft, balanced, and very easy to drink. It
displays quite tasty blueberry flavors. The finish is dry and its soft tannins are
nicely prolonged. This is a perfect wine to enjoy with a gourmet burger smothered
with sautéed mushrooms and onions, and topped with cheddar cheese. Enjoy –
Ref: www.kenswineguide.com/wine.php?wine=3979

Chicago Just Grapes (US)
“This very darkly colored effort sports enticing aromas of blackberry jam, mocha
and other dark fruits. The flavors center around intense blackberry, blueberry and
coffee/mocha with some warm acidity and a bit of alcohol on the finish. This
needs a few months of bottle age or serious air time at this young age.”
Ref: www.justgrapes.net/istar.asp?a=6&id=51557-2!HER

The Wine Source (US)
“How does an Australian Shiraz qualify as a “misfit” wine, you may ask? There
are no exotic varieties, no frizzante stylings, or particularly out of the ordinary
vineyard sites. The Aussies, however, have always been misfits of the wine world.
The continent’s winemakers have earned their standing by often times dismissing
old world notions about blending, terrior, and packaging. Chris Ringland fits this
mold; his first vineyard, Three Rivers, was one acre planted with 100 year-old
Shiraz Vines. While 3 Rings does not come from this vineyard site, Ringland puts
all of his expertise (Parker once wrote that Ringland was behind “arguably the
greatest Shiraz made in Australia”) into this dense little number. With assertive
cedar spiciness, the 3 Rings is fat and blubbery on the nose. On the palate, the
wine ends up being lighter and airier than the nose implies. Full of jammy spice,
this tastes like a big expensive Shiraz without the hefty price tag.”
Ref: www.the-wine-source.com/newsletters/unfiltered4-11.pdf

Gordon’s Fine Wines (US)
“The quality of wine coming out of Australia continues to wow the American
Palate with big jammy fruit, spice, and gripping tannins. This wine is nothing
short of the Australian experience. Chris Ringland is heading up The Three Rings
project in South Australia with Dan Phillips of Grateful Palate and David
Hickinbotham of Paringa, sourcing fruit from three different vineyard sites in the
Barossa Valley. The Shiraz is coming from vines no younger than 10 years old
growing in red loam and sandy clay. The ’06 vintage yielded smaller quantities
then usually giving the fruit great complexity of flavor and more expression of
terroir. Enjoy this wine with Prime Rib, roasted potatoes, and gravy.”
Ref: www.gordonswine.com/contentmgr/showdetails.php/id/7736

The sleight of hand that mesmerizes the eye is not unlike the skill that tantalizes
the palate. South Australia’s Chris Ringland (winemaker), David Hickinbotham
(grape grower) and Californian Dan Philips (importer) have created this fine wine;
a hard act to follow.

3 Rings is a joint venture between Dan Philips, David Hickinbothan and Chris
Ringland, 100 percent Barossa from several old vine vineyards blended beautifully
by Chris Ringland.

Vintage: 2006
Region(s) Of Fruit Source: Barossa Valley
Soil: Red loam over clay Sandy loam
Varietal blend: 90% Shiraz/10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker(s): Chris Ringland
Alc/vol: 15%
Age of Vines:1965/1998/1992 (3 vineyards)
Yield per acre: 4.0 tonnes per acre
Wood Treatment : American oak
Vintage Comments : The 2006 growing season was one of drought conditions
which contributed to a low yielding vintage.
Tasting Notes: Nose: Blackberry and spice perfume, a hint of white stone and
Palate: Big, ripe, round and juicy. Vanillan oak complexity with hints of wood
smoke. Long soft tannin finish.
Ref: www.gratefulpalateimports.com/wine/1.html

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