2008 A.T. Richardson "Chockstone" Shiraz Grampians Victoria

SKU #1130152 95 points James Halliday

 Deep crimson-purple; similar in overall style to the '09, with slightly more spicy/savoury notes to the palate, red berry notes also present, although black fruits are the primary driver of this very elegant medium-bodied wine, the length of the palate exemplary.  (3/2011)

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We don't often utter "cool climate" and "Shiraz" in the same tasting note, but "Cool Climate Wines of Distinction" are the declared focus at Victoria's A.T. Richardson.

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Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2013 | Send Email
As their "tag" says, "cool climate wines of distinction". The wines from the Grampian region in Victoria produce a style that is more medium-bodied and elegant with accents of spice. The 2008 Chockstone offers lifted, effusive aromatics with black cherry, blueberry, boysenberry, bittersweet chocolate, earth and a hint of pepper. On the palate the wine has poise and elegance with fresh, bright flavors supported by good acidity, refined supple tannins and a persistent finish with a touch of mint. 14.1 ABV

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2013 | Send Email
A nice example of Aussie Shiraz that shows both richness and restraint. The nose has lots of ripe succulent dark fruit, some bittersweet chocolate and spice box. On the palate the wine has moderate ripe tannins and a robust yet polished mouthfeel. The flavors mimic the nose with dark fruits, blackcurrant and loganberry. The cooler climate origin of the fruit (in the high elevation Grampian Mountains) shows on the finish bringing a more focused acidity than the opulent nose and mid-palate suggests. Just imagine a dark chocolate coated raspberry where that bright acidity peeks through and keeps things interesting. A lot of wine for the price!
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- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world. View a list of bestselling items from Australia.