Chockstone Shiraz

Chockstone Grampians Shiraz 2017

Grampians, Victoria   |    750ml   |    14.5%

The Chockstone wines are made by AT Richardson; one of the rising stars of Victoria's famous Grampians wine region. This 2017 Chockstone Grampians Shiraz is another stunning Grampians Shiraz loaded with intense blackberry and chocolate flavours combined with black pepper, subtle spice and a soft, velvety mouthfeel. A delicious Grampians Shiraz that delivers sensational value for money drinking.

"96 Points. Vivid, deep crimson-purple; spectacular. Black cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant don't intend to give red, blue or purple fruits permission to speak. Oak and tannins are allowed to suggest support roles, but that's as far as it gets. Yet it's not the winemaker who has shut the door - it's the fruit and the site climate that have become the guardians of the River Styx. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. To 2052. $26. Special Value" - James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.

"Grampians shiraz, aged in (older) American and French oak. Fair to say that you get more than your money’s worth here. It’s a beautiful, medium-bodied red wine. The flow of it, the feel, the flavour and the nuance. All for $26. Make hay. Sweet, woodsy spices, plums, redcurrant, milk choc and mint. It’s seamless. It’s delicious. 93 Points Tasted: Jun19 Alcohol: 14.5% Price: $26 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2019 - 2030+" - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

Availability: In stock


Extremely limited, only 8 bottles in stock.

Situated just outside the township of Great Western, 200 kilometres west of Melbourne, A.T. Richardson Wines produces elegant and complex cool-climate wines.

After a 10-year search, winemaker Adam Richardson selected the very special terroir of his Hard Hill Road Vineyard site for the production of his Chockstone and Hard Hill Road labels. With its own special microclimate, the Hard Hill Road Vineyard’s cool ripening conditions and naturally low-yielding vines produce wines with layers of intense flavours and a velvety structure. Like many of the best wines in this historic region, A.T. Richardson’s wines are approachable in their youth, and possess the potential to age gracefully.
Region: Grampians (Great Western), Victoria, Australia.

Viticultural influences: Warm summer temperatures and low yielding vines allow the Shiraz grapes to attain a full degree of ripeness and a wide range of flavours. These conditions conspire to produce an elegant and rich Chockstone Shiraz that displays a full spectrum of dark berry flavours that are balanced with our characteristic black pepper spice.

Winemaking philosophy: Chockstone Shiraz is known for its complex layers of flavours, nicely balanced natural acidity, and fine tannins. Picking the grapes at optimum maturity, just as we start to taste pepper spice is the key to obtaining our refined style. What follows in the cellar is long un-hurried fermentation that promotes the careful development of the wine’s restrained personality. Aging in carefully selected older American and French barrels is the final step in creating the Chockstone Shiraz.

Tasting notes: Chockstone Shiraz is a nice ripe beauty, displaying overt brambly notes and has a soft and generous palate. But don’t be fooled, under that opulent exterior lies a seriously complex and age-worthy wine. A richly layered palate of blackberries, cassis, dark chocolate and black pepper spice is augmented with hints of violets, bacon fat, and liquorice. These layers of flavour give way to a warm, velvety structure and lead into a long, plush finish.

Cellaring potential: This Chockstone Shiraz is a sophisticated, pretty thing now, but if you have the patience (and the extra wine watch how it evolves over the next decade or two.

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