The Chook Shiraz Viognier 2009

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The Chook Shiraz Viognier is sourced from the premium grape growing regions of McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek in So...

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The 2006 Shiraz - Viognier (6%) is a crowd pleaser. Dark ruby-colored, aromatically the nose receives uplift from the Viognier component. Aromas of... Read more

Polished and round, with Viognier's distinctive spicy lychee tang adding something to the ripe berry flavors. Finishes smooth. Drink now through 2013. Read more

Winemaker Ben Riggs coferments the Shiraz with Viognier skins in an attempt to build in additional complexity at a reasonable price, and this wine ... Read more

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External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 2006 Shiraz - Viognier (6%) is a crowd pleaser. Dark ruby-colored, aromatically the nose receives uplift from the Viognier component. Aromas of smoke, plum and blueberry are enticing and lead to a full-bodied wine with a smooth texture, ripe flavors with depth, and a long finish. This hedonistic effort can be enjoyed now but will blossom with another 1-2 years of bottle age. It is an excellent value.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Polished and round, with Viognier's distinctive spicy lychee tang adding something to the ripe berry flavors. Finishes smooth. Drink now through 2013.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Winemaker Ben Riggs coferments the Shiraz with Viognier skins in an attempt to build in additional complexity at a reasonable price, and this wine delivers lovely blackberry, licorice, stone fruit and black tea-leaf notes as a result, ending with a touch of coffee. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

The 2008 Shiraz-Viognier spent 10 months in tank and 30% new French and American oak. This dark ruby-colored effort receives an aromatic lift from the Viognier and delivers greater depth and concentration than the Unpenned cuvee. Elegant, well-balanced, and moderately long in the finish, it will offer pleasure over the next 3-4 years. Grapes for The Chook label, made by Ben Riggs, are sourced from MacLaren and Langhorne Creek.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Glass-staining purple. Sexy, Rhone-like aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, violet and tobacco, with a strong peppery quality that becomes more intense with air. Juicy, palate-staining dark berry flavors show impressive freshness, with tangy acidity providing lift. Finishes with very good cut and persistent spiciness. This wine was raised in French and American oak, one-third new.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Glass-staining ruby. Ripe aromas of black raspberry, licorice and a touch of vanilla. Generous and open, with a spicy quality to the sweet flavors of raspberry, cherry and candied violet. This delivers a lot of mid-palate sweetness and very good finishing clarity and spiciness.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Dark violet. Intensely floral nose offers pungent blackberry and cassis aromas underscored by exotic magnolia and baking spices. Sweet dark berry flavors are energized by Asian spice and mineral notes that linger impressively on the juicy finish. Lots of complexity for the money here.


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Winemaker's Notes:

The Chook Shiraz Viognier is sourced from the premium grape growing regions of McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek in South Australia. The seamless integration of Shiraz co-fermented with Viognier, generates a seductive nose of apricots, spice and ripe berries. The palate is smooth and full of rich flavor, perfect for a long lingering finish of delightfully soft Shiraz fruit, but not without the punch.

The Chook Shiraz Viognier is sourced from the premium grape growing regions of McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek in South Australia. The seamless integration of Shiraz co-fermented with Viognier, generates a seductive nose of apricots, spice and ripe berries. The palate is smooth and full of rich flavor, perfect for a long lingering finish of delightfully soft Shiraz fruit, but not without the punch.

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