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The Chook Shiraz Viognier 2009

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.

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External Reviews for The Chook Shiraz Viognier

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

From the folks that brought us Woop Woop. The Viognier in this blend adds a floral touch to the nose and brings out interesting vanilla and juicy blueberry nuances; finishes like velvet.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Deep violet. Powerful, ripe aromas of blackberry, candied licorice, tar, oak spice and fresh flowers are precise and hugely seductive. Offers great intensity of raspberry and blackberry liqueur flavor, with sexy baking spice notes. For all this flavor, the wine is surprisingly elegant, with silky tannins and gentle acids giving lift and freshness. As usual, a fantastic bargain.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Blended of 94% Shiraz and 6% Viognier from McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek, this 2009 Shiraz Viognier was matured for 10 months in French and American oak, 30% new. Deep garnet purple in color, it has intense cherry and crushed blackberry aromas with an enticing fruity lift and just a touch of peachiness. A solid backbone of high acidity and medium-firm fine tannins support the fleshy, medium-full bodied palate, finishing long. Approachable now, it has some capacity for development and should cellar to 2016+.


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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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