Full Review

Mr. Riggs

Mr. Riggs
2016 Sticky End, Viognier, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: 34.7%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$20.99

Mr. Riggs
2016 Sticky End, Viognier, McLaren Vale

Pair this wine with:
Dessert

Category: Dessert Wine

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 13% RS: 34.7%
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of ripe stone fruit and dried apricots, lanolin, peach syrup, and pressed linen and turned earth with an lively, sweet full body and a refreshing, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. This is a wine that comes through with high "Terroir" marks.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: ripe stone fruit and dried apricots, lanolin, peach syrup, and pressed linen and turned earth
Taste Flavor: ripe stone fruit and dried apricots, lanolin, peach syrup, and pressed linen and turned earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Sweet
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Peach Pie, Creme Brulee, Mixed Berries
Bottom Line Bottom Line: This is a wine that comes through with high "Terroir" marks.

The Producer

Mr. Riggs Wine Company

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

Their Portfolio

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.

Dessert Wine

Wine Glass Dessert.jpg
Serve in a Copita
A dessert wine is just that, a wine made strictly to pair with desserts at the end of a meal. Dessert wines are sweet wines; while many are naturally sweet, some are sweetned through the addition of grape must.

Famous dessert wines include Sauternes from France’s Bordeaux region, Rutherglen Muscat from Australia and vendages tardives (“late picked”) from France’s Alsace region. Germany also produces many famous dessert wines, ranging from Spatlese to Eiswein (made from frozen grapes).

Dessert wines from Italy include Vin Santo, Recioto di Soave and Recioto di Valpolicella. While some dessert wines have alcohol in the 12-14% range, others such as Moscato d’Asti from Piedmont in northern Italy are very low in alcohol (5.5%).

Dessert wines can accompany certain specific foods, especially cakes, almond tortes and fruit tarts; however, Sauternes and foie gras is a classic pairing.

While some lighter dessert wines such as Moscato d’Asti or Brachetto d’Acqui are meant for consumption upon release, others such as Sauternes or Auslese from Germany can age for decades, thanks to their high natural sugar concentration.