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1996 Chris Ringland Three Rivers Shiraz

Barossa ValleyRedAustralianHighly RecommendPrivate Cellar

$ 1700.00 AUD


The 1996 Shiraz is made from 90-year old vines and received a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker. Following malolactic fermentation in cask, it spent 40 months in new oak prior to being bottled unfiltered. This is arguably the greatest Shiraz made in Australia, but sadly, there were only 100 cases released.

Region - Barossa Valley

Type - Red

Year - 1996

Winery - Chris Ringland

Grape - Shiraz/Syrah

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

A very deep garnet-black color with intensely spicy aromas - plenty of vanilla, cinnamon and licorice – over a core of chocolate, kirsch, prunes and a whiff of dusty earth. Bacon fat and coffee notes emerge after a few minutes. Big, rich and buxom (15.3% alcohol) in the mouth with plenty of crisp acid and firm very fine tannins to support, it finishes long with layers of spice, dried plums and mocha.

Wine descriptors

Big and Rich, Captivating and Complex, For the Cellar, Juicy and Fruity, Smooth and Seductive, Something Special

Fruit aromas & flavour

Cherries, Dark Berries, Dried Fruits, Plum

Other aromas & flavour

Chocolate, Earth, Florals, Meaty, Minerality, Oak, Spices

Body type




Food pairings





Red Meat







Spicy Foods

Cured Meats


Expert review

100/100! This viscous, black/purple-colored wine represents the essence of both wine and Shiraz. With impeccable balance, uncanny as well as unreal levels of concentration, yet perfectly integrated tannin, acidity, alcohol, and wood, it is akin to a dry vintage port. Once past the explosive bouquet of creme de cassis, espresso, melted fudge, and graphite, this massive yet seamless wine offers layers of unctuously-textured flavors crammed with blackberries, smoke, charcoal, and currants. The finish lasts for 70+ seconds. The wine should prove to be immortal, lasting for 30-50 years, but who is going to wait that long to unleash the magic? This is compelling stuff! I just wish there were ten times the quantity produced. Kudos to Chris Ringland for this ultimate Australian blockbuster Shiraz.

Robert Parker

The Grape

Shiraz or Syrah

Shiraz, or Syrah, is one of the most loved, rich and powerful red wine varieties made famous for its mineral and structured expressions from the Rhône in France and the rich and decadent fruity expressions from the Barossa Valley in Australia. Full bodied, rich in antioxidants and generously fruity, Shiraz sits proudly on the table for those that like their wine big and bold. Think violets, blackberries, plum, chocolate, pepper, black olive, liquorice, rosemary, tobacco and spice...i'm thirsty already!

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