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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
The Chook Shiraz-Viognier 2008
The Chook Shiraz-Viognier 2008
(search item no. 100031)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $16.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

With 2008 being the sixth vintage of this cleverly crafted Shiraz Viognier blend, The Chook has gained fans from all across the world including here, in Australia.

The 2008 vintage again provided excellent fruit. 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 flavour, perfect for a long lingering finish of delightfully soft Shiraz fruit, but not without the punch.

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About The Chook:

As the bigger sibling of Woop Woop, the Black 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 Black 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. Co-fermenting small amounts of Viognier skins with Shiraz adds wonderful apricot perfumes, at the same time as intensifying the deep rich color and velvety mouth-feel of the wine… And what is Chook? It's Australian for Chicken!