"My God, this smells like a pristine example of 1947 Cheval Blanc" - this was the comment that made Chris Ringland famous. Robert Parker's enthusiastic note (and 99 point score) for Ringland's 1993 Three Rivers Shiraz pushed the Australian winemaker into the international spotlight. Parker and fellow Wine Advocate Reviewer Jay Miller rated numerous subsequent vintages the coveted perfect 100 point score. His wines quickly became well known both for their high quality and his partnership with eccentric American importer and self-proclaimed "Captain Bacon" Dan Phillips. Ringland's work with Spain's Gil Family Wines at Bodegas El Nido gave birth to the ultimate value in cult Spanish wine, El Nido Clio - a monastrell/cabernet blend that I can hardly keep on the shelves or pry away from the distributor. My offer today comes from another joint-venture in Spain. This one is a collaboration between Ringland, importer Jorge Ordonez, Dan Phillips, and Jorge Miguel San Martin of Bodegas Borsao. The 2009 vintage produced a beautiful 100% Grenache that fans of Ringland's work in the Barossa as well as Jumilla will go crazy for.
The wine is a gorgeous shimmering ruby. It offers aromas of crushed raspberries, blueberry, and shattered stone. This is very lively with ripe flavors of blackberry, cherry, and strawberry. Opulent and full-bodied, the finish gains complexity with notes of baking spice and mineral. Well balanced with a velvety mouth feel. There are no hard edges here; it is a pleasure to drink. Phenomenal stuff that can be cellared for another 3-5 years, but I see no reason to wait as this is seriously delicious today. You really don't want to miss out on this beauty.