Meet neighbours Hobbs and Chris Ringland

We would like to introduce you to winemaking legend Chris Ringland’s long-time neighbours and friends: the Hobbs family.

The Hobbs story began in 1998 when winemakers Greg & Allison Hobbs had their neighbour (and outstanding winemaker!!) Chris Ringland make their first few vintages. The Hobb’s vineyard is situated at the top of the Barossa Ranges, overlooking Flaxman’s Valley. With vines over a century old, the grapes grown on this course yellow soil get richer and more distinctively Barossa-flavoured as the decades roll by.

Since then, Chris has guided their path in the winemaking game, joining them as consultant & friend on their journey to creating some of the Barossa’s best boutique wines. Greg Hobbs is now one of the few Australian winemakers to attempt an Amarone style shiraz (where the fruit is semi-dried until it is similar to raisins) to produce a richer, deeper and more complex wine.

Chris Ringland also produces iconic Barossa wine in very small batches (think 700 to 1000 bottles per year) and was once given a score of 100 Points by American wine critic Robert Parker. Combined, this dynamic duo produce some remarkable wine just oozing with rich, fruity Barassa Valley goodness.

Check our our ‘Festive Neighbours’ pack which includes a selection of Hobb’s and Ringland’s premium red wines, and is an amazing introduction into wine in this price bracket for only $399 per half-dozen case.

Or see our full range of Hobbs wines, including 2 Amarone style Shiraz’s & a viognier that is enough to convert any wine drinker that white can be more serious than red!

Region Insight: Clare Valley

HOME OF AUSTRALIA’S PREMIUM RIESLING

Located some 100km north of the Barossa and 140km north of Adelaide, this region produces some of Australia’s premium Riesling. The fruit produced here makes delicious wines with great depth and intensity. Elevation is one of the factors that make Clare such a prime region for grape growing – particularly for Riesling and Shiraz. Although not technically considered a ‘cool-climate’ area, most of the vineyards are planted at between 400 and 500 metres above sea level, meaning cool to cold nights during the growing season. Given its distance from the ocean, the region is also quite continental, so warm to hot during the day and quite dry while the vines are ripening their fruit.

Although Clare Valley is more famously known for its Riesling, it’s the same climatic conditions that help to produce its unique style of red wine with the three top varieties being Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache. Clare Valley reds present a delicious contradiction. On one hand they’re big and bold, yet on the other, underlying acidity creates beautiful elegance. Pikes and Knappstein are two of the better-known producers from the area.