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Chocolate Box 2008 Dark Chocolate Shiraz

Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
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14.5% ABV
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14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Deep, dark purple hues. Strong coffee and chocolate aromas supported with blackberries and spice.

Sweet vanillin oak, supportive tannins that finish smooth and silky. The wine also displays a great balance of alcohol, acid and oak. Well rounded yet bold.

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Plummy, rich and ripe, with a creamy mouthfeel and dense, chocolaty flavors, this is a hefty mouthful of Barossa Shiraz at a great price. At 14.5% abv, it's nicely balanced, with a lingering finish. Drink now and over the next couple of years. Editors' Choice.
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Chocolate Box, Barossa Valley, Barossa, Australia
Chocolate Box are produced by the Rockland Estate. Established in 1999, Franc Rocca and family converted a former cow paddock to a state-of-the-art winery, to be known as Rocland Estate. The easy going nature inherited from the Rocca family's European background, together with an experienced winemaking team, combines to produce food friendly, approachable wines from Rocland's vineyards and surrounding contracted vineyards.

Rocland Estate believes great wine is made from the vines, sun, rain and rich earth. The love from our vineyards to the team in the winery, we are a group of easy going folk, who work hard and enjoy making a great drop. Our belief is that good wine is made with passion, heart and soul. Enjoy!

Barossa Valley

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Historically and presently the most important wine-producing region of Australia, the Barossa Valley is set in South Australia, where more than half of the country’s wine is made. Because the climate is very hot and dry, vineyard managers must be careful so that grapes do not become overripe.

The intense heat is ideal for plush, bold reds, particularly Rhône blends featuring Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro (Mourvèdre). White grapes can produce crisp, fresh wines from Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon if they are planted at higher altitudes.

Most of Australia’s largest wine producers are based here and Shiraz plantings date back as far as 1860. Many of them are dry farmed and bush trained, still offering less than one ton per acre of inky, purple juice.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

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