2016 Chocolate Factory Shiraz
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.
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Our beloved McLaren Vale Maritime climates 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 climates 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.
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: 6.65 g/L
RS: 3.8 g/L
750mL: 9330391000043 Dozen: 19330391000432
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Gold Medal/ 95 Points
2018 Tastings.com World Wine Championships
Dark black ruby colour. Toasty aromas and flavours of s’mores, blueberry pie, praline, and anise spiced meat with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, very long spiced sour cherry, fig jam on herb carrot muffin, and a hint of eucalyptus finish with light oak. A chewy and appetizing syrah with everything in fine balance.
Gold Medal/ 94 Points
Wine Showcase magazine Shiraz Varietal Tasting April 2018
Gold Medal/93 Points
Wine Showcase Magazine New Release Tasting April 2018
Gold Medal/90 Points
"Garnet black colour. Aromas and flavours of candied violets, pomegranate chutney, chocolate toffee and honecomb with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-fully body and an interesting, medium-long honeyed apples and boysenberries, sweet spices, earth, and nutskin-finish with chewey, earthy tannins. A rich shiraz with chewey chocolate oats. "
6 of the best South Australian Shiraz
Halliday magazine Aug/Sept 2017
China Wine and Spirits Best Value Awards 2018
New World Wine Awards 2017
International Wine And Spirit Competition 2017
Winemakers Challenge 2018
Silver Medal/89 Points
"Nearly opaque garnet black color. Toasty aromas and flavors of berry pie crust and chocolate toffee with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long chocolate mint, hint of cherry menthol lozenge, and nuts finish with crunchy, chewy, medium tannins and moderate oak. A nice nutty shiraz sipper."