The simple black and white packaging has been given a splash of PINK. Beginning domestically with the 2006 vintage, and going global with the 2007 vintage, a total of $70,000 has been donated to the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation (FMCF) and their fight against breast cancer. The donated funds have helped the FMCF secure a worldwide breast cancer patent and assisted in raising a little awareness for the cause along the way. Grapes for “The Gaffer” have been sourced from vineyards from a variety of McLaren Vale’s best sites including Goss Corner, Edgehill, Piebald Gully, Braden’s and Penny’s Hill. A tried and tested area for growing full-flavoured Shiraz, McLaren Vale has almost the perfect climate for grape growing: warm summers, low humidity, good winter rain and long autumns to ensure that grapes achieve ripeness, flavour, acid and balance.
Named in honour of John “The Gaffer” Riggs (1814-1902), the great-great-great grandfather of winemaker Ben Riggs, this McLaren Vale blended Shiraz was made to acknowledge 150 years of the Riggs family’s rich farming heritage in South Australia. It began with the arrival of “The Gaffer” of Dorsetshire, who settled in the Gawler region in 1855. One of South Australia’s best farmers, he came to own hundreds of acres dedicated to quality wheat cropping. His sheep flock was highly regarded and his methods progressive. Success in the wheat trade was enjoyed at horticultural exhibitions including medals in London, Paris and Sydney. “I like to think my interest in the land and passion for its offerings is directly attributable to my far sighted ancestor”, says Ben.
“The Gaffer” Shiraz is a testament to the best of McLaren Vale. Made with 30% new French oak, this wine shows excellent integration of Shiraz fruit with the gentle use of oak creating a big, rich, juicy, smooth style of red, finishing with elegance and spice. “The Gaffer” is a flavoursome, fruit-driven, full-bodied Shiraz that is well balanced and assured to please the palate…with a touch of PINK!