2016 Chocolate Factory | Shiraz
Mclaren Vale


McLaren Vale is not only our home but also the home of our very own Chocolate Factory Shiraz.

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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 Analysis

Wine Specs

Region :Mclaren Vale
Varietal :Shiraz
Vintage :2016
Food Pairing :Beef, Venison, Lamb

Bottle Specs

Bottle Size :750ml
Retail Price :$25.00
Bottles in Case :12

Technical Specs

Alcohol % :14.5
Bottling Date :15 August, 2016
Aging :12 Months
Sugar :3.8 g/L
Acid :6.65 g/L
PH :3.55
Ingredients :Grapes and sulphur dioxide.

Other ingredients used in the winemaking process:
- Cultivated yeast.
- Yeast nutrients.
- Clarified using milk products.
At the time of bottling, this wine contained:
- 78 ppm Total SO2
- 35 ppm Free SO2
Oak :French & American (new and seasoned)
2016 Chocolate Factory Tasting Note
Customer Reviews
Awards & Accolades

Gold Medal / 96 Points
2018 New World Wines Awards


Gold Medal
2018 China Wine and Spirits Best Value Awards


Gold Medal 
2018 Critics Challenge


92 Points
James Halliday Wine Companion 2019

“Fruit is the hero here. Pure, dark, berried fruit, laced with licorice and splashed with salt bush. It’s mid weight but it feels generous. It feels tidy and well-managed. It tastes good.”


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
2018 Wine Showcase magazine Shiraz Varietal Tasting April


Gold Medal/93 Points
2018 Wine Showcase Magazine New Release Tasting April


Gold Medal/90 Points
Tasting World Wine Championships 4/7/17

“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 chewy, earthy tannins. A rich shiraz with chewey chocolate oats. “


6 of the best South Australian Shiraz 
Halliday magazine Aug/Sept 2017


Silver Medal
New World Wine Awards 2017


Silver Medal
International Wine and Spirit Competition 2017


Silver Medal
Winemakers Challenge 2018


Silver Medal/89 Points

Tastings World Wine Championships 02/09/2018

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.”


Silver Medal
Korea Wine Challenge 2018


Silver Medal
AWC Vienna 2018



2016 Chocolate Factory Awards Sheet