In making the wines he loves to make - and drink - the outcome is more so “icon wines from icon regions” and in adding Cabernet Sauvignon to the Mr. Riggs portfolio, the illustrious Coonawarra region was an obvious first choice. A superb vintage and a long-standing relationship with good friend and respected winemaker, Kym Tolley, saw a requisition dispatched to Australia’s most renowned Cabernet ‘outpost’ for a measured slice of the Penley Estate Cabernet crop. The resultant blend consists of grapes harvested from no less than four of ten blocks over 71 hectares of 22-year-old Cabernet vines on the property. Sited at 37 Degrees latitude, the Coonawarra region is 450 kilometres closer to the equator than Bordeaux, and Penley, in keeping with the area generally, is flat; its maximum elevation just 58 metres above sea level. Each block, however, experiences different soil depths that range from red-brown clay loam to brown sand loam, all over limestone.
Coonawarra is renowned as one of Australia’s finest wine regions and is particularly known for producing world class red wines especially Cabernet Sauvignon. Its secret lies in a magical marriage of rich red terra rossa soil, limestone, pure underground water and a long cool ripening season for the grapes.
Very proud of the third vintage of this fine addition to the Mr. Riggs portfolio, Ben notes that it is a very fragrant, aromatic, tightly structured Coonawarra Cabernet with a lovely, soft, juicy middle palate.