2016 Chook Block Single Vineyard Shiraz

Bell Ringers
$150.00
Varieties
Shiraz
Vintage
2016
Country
Australia
Region
McLaren Vale
Alcohol
14.5%
Bottle size
750 mL

From Wirra Wirra’s own biodynamically farmed Chook Block Vineyard planted in 1960, there comes from time to time very small parcels of exceptionally intense, high quality fruit. In the very best years this fruit is vinified separately to create wines of unique interest, they are released in tiny quantities under this simple and unpretentious label… Chook Block. Initially crafted from the great 1998 vintage, Chook Block takes its name from one of Greg Trott’s original broiler chicken sheds, adjacent to the vineyard itself. To date we have produced six acclaimed vintages – 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 - with 112 dozen of this 2016 vintage released in September 2019.

Colour

Garnet with a bright crimson edge.

Bouquet

Deeply fruited with blackberry, liqueur cherry, mulberry and satsuma plum. Floral notes, 5-spice and licorice are also present here, along with dark chocolate, toast, cedar and tar.

Palate

Generous and seductive fruit is balanced by oak influence and maturation qualities of leather and tobacco, as well as baked earth and dried thyme. A brooding palate, velvet tannins add substantially to the texture and weight. A wine of richness, depth, complexity and polish.

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Professional Reviews

A super deep nose with black fruit, salted licorice and plums on offer here. The palate has deep dark plums and dark chocolate and very plush, rich and fleshy fruit presence. This is approachable and impressive. Drink or hold.

Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com 95

The chooks are hand-raised from the outset with the first birth in ‘98, and only six vintages have been reared and released. The vines were planted in ‘60, the wine matured in French oak (40% new). The texture is freakishly good, the juicy black fruits with a crosscut of superfine tannins and cedary French oak. It is only medium-bodied, but has a nigh-on unlimited future.”

James Halliday, James Halliday 2019 Wine Companion 97

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