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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.

Critical Acclaim

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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

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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 deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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