The Chook Shiraz-Viognier 2017
Vinous 90 - Bright ruby-red. Pungent, spice-accented aromas of ripe red berries and violet, with a subtle touch of smokiness emerging slowly. Bright and energetic on the palate, offering bitter cherry and raspberry flavors that deepen on the back half. Finishes spicy and long, with gentle tannins, a sweet vanilla nuance and a lingering suggestion of medicinal cherry.
Wine Advocate 89 - Deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Shiraz / Viognier offers pronounced black currants, blackberries and licorice notes with underlying tar, earth and burnt tire hints. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in the black fruit and anise flavors with a great backbone of lively acid and soft tannins, finishing long.
Wine Enthusiast 89 - Give this wine a brief stay in a decanter to help blow off some of the tarry notes and it should be fine. It's full-bodied and creamy, with mocha and black-fruit flavors that finish plush and soft. Drink now.
Wine Spectator 89 - Savory, with a teriyaki edge to the plush berry and cherry flavors. Fresh loam notes lead to an appealing bite of tannins on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 35,000 cases made.
Wine & Spirits 89 - Viognier seems to amp up the already ample texture of this shiraz, packed with sour cherry and bright plum flavor. It’s peppery and warm, a high-toned red to pour with sweet barbecued meats."
The Chook Shiraz-Viognier is sourced from the premium grape growing region of McLaren Vale in South Australia. The seamless integration of Shiraz co-fermented with Viognier, generates a seductive nose of apricots, spice and ripe berries. The palate is smooth and full of rich flavor, perfect for a long lingering finish of delightfully soft Shiraz fruit, but not without the punch. Chook is the Australian term for chicken.