R Wines JP Belle-Terroir Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Notes from the producer, R Wines
"JP Belle-Terroir is a joint project of Trevor Jones, Chris Ringland and Dan Philips, using ultra-premium old vine Barossa Shiraz sourced from the creme de la creme of Barossa subregion, Ebenezer. "J" is for Jones. "P" is for Philips. Belle Terroir? A pun. Ring Land. The pun reflects the spirit of the wine: classic, old world Shiraz, but with wit and style."
Shiraz Alc/vol: 13.4%
Age of vines: 40-60 years old
Yield: 1.5-2 tonnes per acre
Wood Treatment: 36 months in A.P. John French oak hogsheads.
Vintage comments: Classic conditions with below-average yields.
"The purple/black coloured 2005 JP Belle Terroir was sourced from 50 and 100-year-old vineyards and aged in 100% new French oak. The nose is liqueur-like with fragrant blueberry and blackberry aromas that leap from the glass. Thick, rich, and dense, on the palate it is full-bodied yet surprisingly light on its feet. It neatly conceals enough tannin to age for 6-8 years and this lengthy effort should have a drinking window open from 2015 to 2035.
R Wines is the company founded by importer and bacon baron Dan Philips and the veteran vigneron Chris Ringland. It encompasses four familiar labels, Marquis Philips (designated MP in these listings), 3 Rings, Roogle, and Bitch, along with 13 others created especially for R Wines. As is usual for master marketer Philips, the packaging is amazingly creative but, more importantly, the wines consistently over-deliver from low end to high end. The conclusion of this report contains a list of Values $20 and Under. Twenty-four R Wines are noted, many of which offer exceptional bang-for-the buck. What follows are notes are for the R Wines over $20. The rest of the Shiraz were sourced from the highly regarded 60+-year-old Ebenezer vineyards of Adrian Hoffman who is a partner in the venture. "
93 points, The Wine Advocate
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.