Chris Ringland Randall's Hill Vineyard Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Randall’s Hill is the second label from Chris Ringland’s Stone Chimney Creek vineyard, a 2ha plot purchased by Chris in 1994. The juice is vinified in small batches to produce a collection of barrels which Chris matures under his house which sits beside the vineyard. Truly, a Barossa Valley domaine wine. The reserve Randall’s Hill is a more fruit forward wine than the Barossa Ranges Shiraz.
The 2013 Randall's Hill Shiraz was bottled a year ago and is scheduled for release in 2019. Made up of selected rows of vines planted in 1910 and five rows of young vines (planted in 1999), it's what Ringland calls his ""more fruit-forward"" wine (after more than four years in barrel). Loaded with peppery spice, floral notes, vanilla, mint and chocolate, it's full-bodied and rich, with a tremendously long, velvety finish.
95 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate, September 2018.
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.