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2015 Chocolate Factory Shiraz

2015 Chocolate Factory Shiraz
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Shiraz
Acid
6.51
pH
3.51
Bottling Date
29/06/16
Residual Sugar
3.0
Alcohol %
14.5
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SKU: ZF15CFSH71DO

Growing grapes and making wine is a magnificently irregular pursuit, especially wonky weather, with very few givens. However, in our beloved McLaren Vale our maritime climes produce Shiraz with the juicy milk chocolate middle palate fruit, year in year out. McLaren Vale is not only our home but also the home of our very own Chocolate Factory Shiraz.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Shiraz
Acid
6.51
pH
3.51
Bottling Date
29/06/16
Residual Sugar
3.0
Alcohol %
14.5
Product Reviews
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Tim Driver
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(03/04/2017 at 11:58 AM)
My mum and Dad gave me a bottle of this superb wine that we drank on my 50th birthday this week. I can highly recommend the Chocolate Factory. Typical McLaren Vale Shiraz that never fails to impress.

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Our beloved McLaren Vale Maritime climes produce Shiraz with a signature juicy milk chocolate core, decadent and lush…

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Our beloved McLaren Vale Maritime climes produce Shiraz with a signature juicy milk chocolate core, decadent and
lush…

Growing grapes and making wine is a magnificently irregular pursuit, especially wonky weather, with very few givens. However, in our beloved McLaren Vale our maritime climes produce Shiraz with the juicy milk chocolate middle palate fruit, year in year out. McLaren Vale is not only our home but also the home of our very own Chocolate Factory Shiraz.

2015 | CHOCOLATE FACTORY
McLAREN VALE SHIRAZ

The fruit for the Chocolate Factory is sourced from hand tended blocks in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale. Primary fermentation takes place in a combination of stainless steel vats and 5 tonne open fermenters after which the wine is assembled into tank and allowed to complete a natural malo-lactic fermentation before being pressed off. It is then transferred to new and well-seasoned hogsheads and aged for up to12 months prior to bottling with minimal filtration. 

(This is how late chairman Evans OBE made us all do it. Vale Len. Vintage 1930; Decanted 2006.)
Colour: Deep purple with garnet-purple hue.
Nose: Warm blackberry pie with notes of fresh blueberries and blackberry preserve. Star anise, nutmeg and cocoa sneak up under the berry fruit.
Entry: Velvety and plush and fragrant rich blackberry/cherry fruits. Some tangy cedar and lingering cigar box characters.
Middle Palate: Juicy round black cherry fruits, tempered with the soft idiosyncratic "milk chocolate" McLaren Vale Shiraz sweetness and roundness.
After Palate: Lashings of trademark milk chocolate with blackberries and dark-fleshed plums and spice with velvety, smooth tannins.
Finish: Juicy blackberry and mocha notes intertwined with signature lush McLaren Vale tannins. It's like taking a big mouthful of Black Forest cake. 
In Summary: Though it will drink great now, especially with anything off the grill, it should cellar well over the medium term…. If you can resist your chocolate craving.

Grapes and sulphur dioxide.
Other ingredients used in the winemaking process:
- Cultivated yeast.
- yeast nutrients.

- Clarified using milk products

- French and American oak barrels (new and seasoned).

At the time of bottling (15.08.2016), this wine contained:
- 78 ppm Total SO2
- 35 ppm Free SO2

Varietal Blend: 100% Shiraz
GI: McLaren Vale
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
TA: 6.41 g/L
pH: 3.51
RS: 2.8 g/L
750mL: 9330391000043 Dozen: 19330391000432

Beef, Pork, Lamb, Poultry

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P.O. Box 353, McLaren Vale, SA 5171 | Australia | T: 61 8 8383 2083 | info@zontesfootstep.com.au | www.zontesfootstep.com.au

2015 | CHOCOLATE FACTORY |
MCLAREN VALE SHIRAZ
Double Gold Medal
China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2017
 
Double Gold Medal
 
New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2016
 
Gold Medal/94 points
Wine Showcase Magazine, New Releases, October 2016
 
Gold Medal/91 points
Sommelier Challenge 2016
 
4 stars
Huon Hooke, Top Drops February 2017, www.huonhooke.com (published 04/01/17)
"Rich plum and chocolate aromas, some meaty complexity, subtle sulfides perhaps, while the palate is elegantly medium-bodied and intense, lively with fresh acidity. The wine is stylish and quite complex for its youthful age, with soft tannins; a very tasty young shiraz indeed."
 
Gold Medal/90 points
Tastings.com, New Release Wines 2016 (published 18/12/16)
"Nearly opaque garnet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasted cranberry orange bread, chocolate and vanilla toffee, and cherry-blueberry tart with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long cedar, minted berries, and chocolate lemon peels finish with silky, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A lovely chocolatey shiraz sipper that is sure to please."
 
Gold Medal/90 points
Tastings World Wine Championships 2016
 
Gold Medal
New World Wine Awards 2016
 
Jane Thomson, Taste, April 2017, p. 129
"This offers up soft, rich, velvety choc-goodness by the bucketload, balanced with lashings of blood plums and black cherries. It's like a perfect black forest cake. Lick yur fingers afterwards!"
 
 
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