The Chook Shiraz Viognier
Analysis: Robert Parker’s description of the wine is right on. Deep in color and full of flavor. I think if you like a rich wine with a hint of sweet this is a good one to try. My personal preference is a little less sweet and a little more funk. This wine is available at any of the Premier wine stores. We paid $15.99 on sale.
90 pts. Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate: October, 2010 – “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+.”
According to Epicureanwines.com: As the bigger sibling of Woop Woop, The Chook once again represents a collaboration between Ben Riggs the wine maker at Penny’s Hill, and Tony Parkinson, proprietor of Penny’s Hill. The Chook is sourced from McLaren Vale, known for it’s consistent, Mediterranean-type climate and Langhorne Creek which characteristically produces Shiraz that is spicy, flavorful and elegant.
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