2008 Three Rings Shiraz Barossa Valley South Australia (Elsewhere $20)

SKU #1127888 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editor's Choice* This is a great example of what the Barossa Valley can deliver at an affordable price. The alcohol is high, but well buffered by an ample raspberry flavor. Despite the prevalence of raspberry and vanilla notes, it's not excessively confected or fruity, since it's grounded in savory, earthy notes. Drink now - 2020.  (2/2013)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Broad, smooth and focused, with Earl Grey tea overtones to the raspberry and cherry flavors. Shows density, drive and deftness on the finish. Drink now through 2018.  (4/2012)

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2013 | Send Email
When I taste this wine, Barossa erupts from the glass. Full of unctuous rich blackberry jam and sweet plush fruit, this is no shrinking violet of a wine. It has surprising balance though for this level of ripeness, which makes it all the more pleasing. I think some herb marinated lamb chops fresh off the grill and a glass of Shiraz are calling my name.

Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2013 | Send Email
The 2008 Three Rings Shiraz has a bouquet that offers notes of briary black raspberry, dark Cherry, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee and earth. On the palate, darker fruits emerge that while rich and ripe are supported by good acidity and framed by soft silky tannins.There is a hint of cool mint in the ample finish. This is one for your mixed grill selections this summer and a fine value.

Staff Image By: John Downing | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/14/2013 | Send Email
We love our California red wines but it's increasingly difficult to find impressive ones under fifteen dollars. Virtually overlooked these days, however, are the exceptional values available from Australia like this delicious Barossa Shiraz from 3 Rings. Packed with rich dark fruit, this silky smooth Shiraz really delivers at the price. Although there's a touch of alcohol, it's buffered nicely by the fruit making this especially great with grilled/bbq'd meats and perfect for Spring and Summer gatherings. Load up while you can as the price is normally $18!

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.

South Australia

Specific Appellation:

Barossa Valley

Alcohol Content (%): 15.7