The Chook Sparkling Shiraz
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Fruit for the Sparkling Shiraz is sourced predominantly from premium grape growing regions in South Australia; namely McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek.
- Situated approximately 40km south of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, McLaren Vale has a Mediterranean climate. With winter dominant rainfall, low humidity and long warm summers that are tempered by the proximity to the Gulf St. Vincent, McLaren Vale has one of the most consistent climates in which to grow premium wine grapes.
- Located on the floodplains of the Angas and Bremer River about 70km south of Adelaide, Langhorne Creek is one of the older wine growing regions in Australia with the first vines planted in the 1850’s
Varietal Composition: 100% Shiraz
Elaboration: A blend of Shiraz batches aged between 3 and 5 years old ensures consistency in style and quality. Produced in the méthode traditionelle style. Each fruit parcel is matured separately in French oak barrels prior to blending with some younger vintage Shiraz which adds lush and juicy fruit characters and freshness to the palate.
Tasting Notes: This non-vintage wine sparkles to the tune of a well balanced blend. The result being a rich, luscious Sparkling Shiraz that shows sweet dark fruits, fruit spice and subtle savory notes.
Utilizing premium fruit from McLaren Vale, Padthaway, and Adelaide Hills in Southern Australia, The Chook struts affordable wines to be enjoyed and adored, shared and celebrated! Careful vineyard selection teamed with exceptional winemaking by Alexia Roberts and an emphasis on consistent varietal expression produces wines with approachability, generosity and character that really are something to cluck about.
“As we scratched around for a name for the first Shiraz/Viognier, an obviously interested black chook stopped in its unplanned tracks, lingering, as only chooks do, just long enough for the penny to drop. For its trouble, we immortalized that single Black Chook, rationalizing that it had come from a small white egg; just as our dark, inky, black Shiraz had been transformed by a tiny amount of fragrant white Viognier.”
Chook? It’s Australian for chicken.