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Located in Australia’s historic Grampians wine region of Victoria, international winemaker Adam Richardson crafts his Chockstone wines in a true cool-climate style-with an elegant structure, layered flavours, and the ability to age and develop both in the glass and in the bottle. 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.

10yo vines, machine-harvested, 2-3 days cold soak, open-fermented in small batches with cultured yeast, 1-12 days post-ferment maceration, matured in 10% new American and a mix of used French and American oak for 9 months. Full, deep crimson-purple; exudes class from start to finish with burnished black cherry/berry fruits, spice, pepper and licorice. It is at once elegant, but persistent, and very long in the mouth. French oak and tannins make a snappy salute to the fruit. Great value. Drink by: 2040; Price: $25.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2017; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday; James Halliday Wine Companion

Deep dense purple/red colour and a smoky, savoury, sooty, earthy bouquet; some vegetal nuances, roasted nuts too. The wine is full-bodied and dense, with richness and weight. Good ripeness. Tangy acidity. Ironstone. There is generous extract and flavour; some real gravitas. And it's great value! Drink by: 2019 to 2037; Price: $27.00; Date Tasted: 28/5/2017; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 93 Points; Huon Hooke; Good Food

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