The Chook Sparkling Shiraz
Utilising premium fruit from eminent wine regions in South Australia, The Chook struts affordable wines to be enjoyed and adored, shared and celebrated. Since first vintage in 2003, The Chook Shiraz Viognier has scored an uninterrupted run of 90+ points, internationally recognised reviews and enjoys great success in Australia, Canada and USA.
Careful vineyard selection teamed with exceptional winemaking by highly regarding Australian winemaker Alexia Roberts and an emphasis on consistent varietal expression, hatches wines with approachability, generosity and character that really are something to cluck about! Chook – it’s Australian for chicken!Careful vineyard selection teamed with exceptional winemaking by highly regarding Australian winemaker Alexia Roberts and an emphasis on consistent varietal expression, hatches wines with approachability, generosity and character that really are something to cluck about! Chook – it’s Australian for chicken!
A large, climatically diverse country with incredibly diverse terrain, producing just about every wine style imaginable, Australia has a grand winemaking history and some of the oldest vines on the planet. Most regions are concentrated in the south of the country with those inland experiencing warm, dry conditions and those in coastal areas receiving tropical, maritime or Mediterranean weather patterns. Australia has for several decades been at the forefront of winemaking technology and has widely adopted the use of screwcaps, even for some premium and ultra-premium bottles. Thanks to the country’s relatively agreeable climate throughout and the openness of its people, experimentation is common and ongoing.
Shiraz is indeed Australia’s most celebrated and widely planted variety; Barossa Valley leads the way, producing exceptionally bold and supple versions. Cabernet Sauvignon, Australia's second most planted variety, can be blended with Shiraz but also shines on its own particularly in Coonawarra and Margaret River. Grenache and Mourvèdre are also popular, both on their own and alongside Shiraz in Rhône Blends. Chardonnay is common throughout the country and made in a wide range of styles. Sauvignon Blanc has recently surged in popularity to compete with New Zealand’s distinctive version and Semillon is often blended in Margaret River or shines on its own in the Hunter Valley. Riesling thrives in the cool-climate Clare and Eden Valleys. Sticky-sweet fortified wine Rutherglen is a beloved regional specialty of Victoria.
Made in a handful of wine regions across the globe, red sparkling wine ranges from delicately sweet to bone dry. While styles vary by region, red sparkling wine production methods are often the decision of the winemaker. For serving, cool red sparkling wine down to about 40F to 50F.