Full Review

Mr. Riggs

Mr. Riggs
2014 The Elder, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate

Category: Fortified Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 18% RS: 20%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$24.99

Mr. Riggs
2014 The Elder, Shiraz, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chocolate

Category: Fortified Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 18% RS: 20%
Opaque black violet color. Fruity, spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of eucalyptus, blueberry chutney, menthol tobacco, and vanilla mint fudge with a satiny, tangy, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, long spiced cherries and honeyed huckleberries finish with a suggestion of oak. A rich Late Bottle Vintage style Australian port that will put a pleasurable period on a perfect meal.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: eucalyptus, blueberry chutney, menthol tobacco, and vanilla mint fudge
Taste Flavor: spiced cherries and honeyed huckleberries
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Mexican Chocolate with Peppers, La Tur, Roquefort
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich Late Bottle Vintage style Australian port that will put a pleasurable period on a perfect meal.

The Producer

Mr. Riggs Wine Company

The Producer
169 Douglas Gully Rd.
McLaren Vale, SA 5171
Australia
61 -8 8383 2050

Their Portfolio

88 Battle Axe NV Sparkling, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 13% (Australia) $33.00.
87 Battle Axe NV Sparkling, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 13% (Australia) $24.00.
91 Mr. Riggs 2013 "Three Corner Jack", McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $17.00.
91 Mr. Riggs 2014 "The Gaffer", Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
90 Mr. Riggs 2013 "Piebald", Syrah, Adelaide Hills 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
88 Mr. Riggs 2013 Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $36.00.
90 Mr. Riggs 2014 "The Truant", Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $12.00.
86 Mr. Riggs 2014 "The Deliquent", Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $12.00.
88 Mr. Riggs 2014 "The Ring In", Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $12.00.
89 Mr. Riggs 2014 "The Gaffer", Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $17.00.
89 Mr. Riggs 2014 "Three Corner Jack" Red Blend, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $12.00.
86 Mr. Riggs 2014 "Watervale", Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $17.00.
92 Mr. Riggs 2013 "The Magnet", Grenache, McLaren Vale 12.5% (Australia) $20.00.
89 Mr. Riggs NV Battle Axe Sparkling, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 13% (Australia) $.00.
90 Mr. Riggs 2014 "The Gaffer", Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $.00.
91 Mr. Riggs 2014 "Piebald", Syrah, Adelaide 14.5% (Australia) $.00.
95 Mr. Riggs 2014 "The Magnet", Grenache, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $.00.
93 Mr. Riggs 2014 John Riggs "The Truant", Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $.00.
91 Mr. Riggs 2014 "Three Corner Jack", McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $.00.
87 Mr. Riggs NV Battle Axe, McLaren Vale 13% (Australia) $18.99.
88 Mr. Riggs 2014 The Elder, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 18% (Australia) $24.99.
93 Mr. Riggs 2016 Sticky End, Viognier, McLaren Vale 13% (Australia) $20.99.
91 Mr. Riggs 2015 Piebald, Syrah, Adelaide Hills 14.5% (Australia) $21.99.
93 Mr. Riggs 2013 Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $35.99.
93 Mr. Riggs 2015 The Gaffer, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $18.99.
88 Mr. Riggs 2016 Watervale, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $18.99.
96 Mr. Riggs 2014 The Magnet, Grenache, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $21.99.
90 Mr. Riggs NV Sparkling Shiraz, McLaren Vale 12.5% (Australia) $20.00.
87 Mr. Riggs 2015 Piebald, Shiraz, Adelaide Hills 14.5% (Australia) $21.99.
93 Mr. Riggs 2014 Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $41.99.
85 Mr. Riggs 2016 Watervale, Riesling, Clare Valley 12.5% (Australia) $17.99.
88 Mr. Riggs 2015 The Magnet, Grenache, McLaren Vale 14.5% (Australia) $21.99.

Fortified Wine

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Serve in a Copita
Fortified wines, those inevitable after-dinner elixirs, have been a part of the American wine industry since its inception. The early American taste for fortified wines was well documented, as the signing of the Declaration of Independence was toasted with a round of Madeira. It, along with port and sherry, was the preferred drink of the Eastern aristocracy well into our own century. That the native industry should strive to compete for this market was only natural.

As in much of the wine-producing New World, vintners took a run at sherry (and do to this day), but the results on the whole pale, often quite literally, when compared to the Spanish original. Port, however, has fared beter. While the climate and soil of Jerez has not been duplicated elsewhere, the broiling heat and winemaking practices of the Douro have proven much easier to replicate--perhaps nowhere more so than in California's Amador County and San Joaquin Valley.

Port-style wines are being made beyond California. As might be expected, a certain measure of heat helps; the most successful examples have come from warm states such as Missouri. As the saying goes, a little residual sugar can cover a multitude of sins, but the Missouri ports of producers such as Stone Hill and Mount Pleasant truly stand on their own, and have proven as consistently competent as many California versions.

Fortified refers to wines that have additional alcohol as the result of neutral spirits being added. The most common fortified wines are port and sherry, in which the alcoholic level is between 17% to 20%, higher than a standard table wine of about 13% -14.5%

Additional alcohol technically means these wines can age longer, but that period also depends on the type of wine produced, as some ports and sherries are rather light and need to be enjoyed within a few years of their release.

Given the higher percentage of alcohol, pairing these wines can be tricky, as they could overwhelm milder dishes. For port, rich cheeses, especially blue, are fine, as are walnuts. For a dry sherry, a tomato or cream soup would be an excellent match, while for a sweeter sherry, an almond tart or a simple pound cake with honey would be an excellent match. Otherwise, enjoy these wines on their own.