Chris Ringland - Grand Master of Shiraz Since   Robert   Parker’s   introduction   of   Chris   Ringland   to   a   broader   and   global   wine   community   in   the   1990s,   especially   in   the   United States   and   Asia   he   has   evolved   as   a   rockstar.   Although   his   wines   are   sought   after   by   collectors   around   the   world,   this   man,   despite   his impressive   physical   appearance,   has   absolutely   nothing   in   common   with   a   self-promoting   showoff   frequently   to   meet   in   the   global   wine scene.   Encounters   with   Chris   represent   him   as   unpretentious   and   rather   shy,   extremely   reflected,   with   intellectual   vocabulary   and   subtle humor.   The   almost   thirty   years   that   this   native   Kiwi   has   spent   in   the   German   culturally   influenced   Barossa   Valley   have   left   their   marks. Although   Chris   Ringland   has   no   German   ancestors,   his   little   estate   is   run   immaculately   reminding   of   the   southern   German   „cleaning week“.   No   shoe   sole   will   ever   step   into   his   private   rooms   that   are   also   used   for   tastings.   Charmingly   guests   are   asked   to   take   of   their shoes   in   front   of   the   house   and   to   place   them   neatly   into   the   open   closet   next   to   the   Ringlands’   own   pair   of   shoes,   one   pair   of   sneakers and a pair of hiking boots patinized by usage. Chris Ringland is a discreet aesthete with a sense for what truly matters. Deeply   thought   through   but   low   key,   decisive   but   unagressive,   courageous,   pushing   the   envelope   to   the   max,   always   creative   and   at times   provocative,   humorous,   full   of   surprises   but   also   predictable,   with   perfection   in   every   detail,   this   all   is   Chris   Ringland.   He   focusses with   wine   on   what   truly   matters   –   which   for   him   is   the   fruit.   His   skill   to   work   out   tannins   with   enormous   fruit   carrying   capacity   and   at the same time uniquely precise and silky in texture is evidence of his meticulous care. He    leaves    nothing    to    chance    and    even    the    corks    for    his    Chris    Ringland    Shiraz (previously   Three   Rivers   Shiraz)   are   selected   in   a   time-consuming   procedure   to   identify those   which   are   eligible   for   sealing   his   „artworks“.   He   does   this   exercise   every   year   not alone   but   together   with   a   friend   to   have   a   corrective   for   his   own   judgement.   Two   days are   sufficient   since   in   any   given   year   only   around   1,500   bottles   and   100   magnums   are filled.   Chris   Ringland   is   neither   a   dogmatist   or   wiseacre   nor   a   selfintoxicated   character that   is   occasionally   found   in   the   wine   scene.   Much   rather   he   is   a   human   being   that   is always    ready    for    self-criticsm    in    order    to    achieve    that    what    really    drives    him: improvement   as   a   motto   of   life.   His   longtime   friend   and   winemaker,   the   Austrian   native Rolf   Binder,   owner   of   a   large   family   estate   in   Barossa   Valley,   puts   it   when   characterizing Chris quite nicely: „We are yet to make our best wine.“ „Sensitivity   and   intuition   are   no   surrogate   for   professionalism,   but   can   complement   it“, says   Binder   and   Chris   Ringland   has   both   of   which   at   his   disposal   in   a   vast   amount.   As   a tender-aged   teenager   in   New   Zealand   he   met   Reiner   Eschenbruch,   head   of   the   research institute   at   „New   Zealand   Department   of   Scientific   and   Industrial   Research   Viticulture“ in Te   Kauwhata.   With   this   fatal   encounter   his   deeper   interest   in   wine   was   woken   up. The Germa-rooted   expert   with   intellectual   charisma   motivated   Chris   to   study   Oenology   at the   University   of   Southern   Australia.   He   told   his   protégé   never   to   loose   sight   for   the importance   of   scientific   access   to   the   creation   of   an   outstanding   wine.   This   academic approach has shaped Ringland and characterizes the winemaker until today.   The   second   key   influential   figure   affecting   the   life   of   Chris   Ringland   as   a   winemaker   is   Robert   O’Callaghan,   the   charismatic   founder   of „Rockford“,   the   center   of   gravitas   for   the   Barossan   wine   avantgarde   in   the   1980s   and   1990s.   After   his   studies,   the   Kiwi   Ringland   decided to   stay   in   his   new   homeland   Australia,   of   which   he   had   become   a   citizen   just   a   few   years   ago,   and   to   follow   O’Callaghan   on   his   estate where   he   worked   as   junior   and   later   as   chief   winemaker.   Unique   wines   were   created   during   this   inventive   period   not   only   at   Rockford but   also   e.g.   at   „Greenock   Creek“,   the   legendary   estate   which   Ringland   and   O’Callaghan   advised   in   its   first   attempts   to   produce   top quality   wines.   During   these   years   Chris   Ringland   did   not   only   develop   his   distinctive   and   unique   style,   but   also   the   entrepreneurial   desire to   make   his   own   wine.   O’Callaghan   understood,   supported   his   drive   and   let   him   leave   after   Ringland   had   borrowed   money   to   purchase   a vineyard in Eden Valley. Up and until today, the two, which belong to the defining figures of Barossa region, have stayed on as friends. No   matter   whom   you   ask,   be   it   Craig   Isbel,   the   young   aspiring   winemaker   of   upcoming   estate   „Torbreck“,   or   Christian   Canute,   junior head   and   winemaker   of   „Rusden“,   who   has   received   his   education   from   Ringland   at   „Rockford“,   every   single   one   speaks   with   utmost respect   of   Chris   Ringland   and   vice   versa.   Jealousy   seems   totally   absent   in   this   community.   A   truly   pleasant   and   rare   phenomenon   in today’s   world   and   crucial   part   of   the   special   atmosphere   in   Barossa.   This   atmosphere   is   best   experienced   during   a   dinner   at   „Ferment Asian“,   a   restaurant   with   excellent   Asian   kitchen   and   an   outstandingly   well-sorted   wine   list   with   more   than   a   thousand   positions   from   all over   the   world.   It   is   here   where   people   who   have   something   to   say   or   want   to   have   something   to   say   in   Barossa   meet: The   region’s   best cooper   as   well   the   vintners   and   traders.   In   this   community   Chris   Ringland   evidently   feels at   home.   As   a   counterpart   to   the   1996   Chris   Ringland   Shiraz   that   was   tasted   the   day before   we   are   drinking   another   great   Ringland   wine   off   the   menu,   the   1996   Flaxman Valley    Shiraz    from    Rockford.    In    that    year    Ringland    had    to    sell    the    grapes    form    the northern   half   of   his   vineyard   to   Rockford   but   vinified   them   himself.   It   is   an   electrifying and   unforgettable   experience   to   drink   both   halves   of   the   same   vineyard:   What   belongs together,   comes   together.   A   great   moment,   that   due   to   the   lack   of   paper,   had   to   be manifested on the paper table cloth. At   the   „Ferment   Asian“   one   can   get   to   know   Chris   Ringland’s   mischievous   side.   So   he   has devillish   joy   for   mocking   e.g.   the   local   newspaper   time   and   time   again   with   made-up stories.   Once   he   was   sitting   in   his   favorite   pub   that   was   currently   defrosting   the   air condtition   and   had   broomed   heaps   of   ice   into   a   corner.   He   took   a   photo   of   it   and   sent   it to   a   local   newspaper   with   the   comment   that   this   was   taken   at   his   vineyard.   Next   days front   page   said:   „Natural   phenomenon:   Historic   hail   storm   over   Ringland’s   vineyard   unprecedented   sight   of   destruction.“   Or   another   story   with   the   dog   chew   bone   that   fell   into   his   hand   while   working   in   his   vineyard.   He sent   the   piece   to   the   paper   in   order   to   read   the   other   day   as   the   papers   headline:   „Sensation:   Human   remainders   from   Stone   Age   found on Ringland’s vineyard.“ He laughs: „ It’s all about perception.“
Chris Ringland - Grand Master of Shiraz
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Chris Ringland - Grand Master of Shiraz Since   Robert   Parker’s   introduction   of   Chris   Ringland   to a    broader    and    global    wine    community    in    the    1990s, especially   in   the   United   States   and   Asia   he   has   evolved as   a   rockstar.   Although   his   wines   are   sought   after   by collectors    around    the    world,    this    man,    despite    his impressive      physical      appearance,      has      absolutely nothing    in    common    with    a    self-promoting    showoff frequently   to   meet   in   the   global   wine   scene.   Encounters with   Chris   represent   him   as   unpretentious   and   rather shy,    extremely    reflected,    with    intellectual    vocabulary and    subtle    humor.    The    almost    thirty    years    that    this native     Kiwi     has     spent     in     the     German     culturally influenced     Barossa     Valley     have     left     their     marks. Although   Chris   Ringland   has   no   German   ancestors,   his little    estate    is    run    immaculately    reminding    of    the southern   German   „cleaning   week“.   No   shoe   sole   will ever   step   into   his   private   rooms   that   are   also   used   for tastings.   Charmingly   guests   are   asked   to   take   of   their shoes   in   front   of   the   house   and   to   place   them   neatly into   the   open   closet   next   to   the   Ringlands’   own   pair   of shoes,   one   pair   of   sneakers   and   a   pair   of   hiking   boots patinized     by     usage.     Chris     Ringland     is     a     discreet aesthete with a sense for what truly matters.
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