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2016 AT Richardson Grampians Chockstone Shiraz

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Our Price: $19.99 / bottle (RRP: $28.00) Case: 12 x 750ml

'Deep, bright red/purple colour with a bold fruit-driven, slightly floral aroma of sweet plum, raspberry and fresh herbs. It's full-bodied and firm, soft in the middle but with abundant tannins bringing up the rear.'
Huon Hooke

  • Full-bodied and guts. That's the calling card for the latest AT Richardson Chockstone Grampians Shiraz. A blistering array of ripe black fruits, cassis, dark chocolate and mulled wine spices linger in an intense palate, drawing on the vibrant, punchy fruit and tannins that the region is known for. The Chockstone Shiraz is fast becoming a Grampians stalwart, and it's easy to understand why when you can grab a bottle of this wine for under $20. Outclasses Seppelt and Mount Langi.

    Adam Richardson has finally returned home to Australia, having worked for almost two decades in California. This will mark his return to smaller scale crafting of quality wines, after years at the helm of large corporate winemaking.

    A.T. Richardson Wines is all about family grown fruit from the vineyard he has been quietly planting over the last ten years. Sitting on a slope off an ironstone rich ridge in Armstrong, in the sub-region of Great Western in the Grampians, the vineyard is planted mostly to Shiraz and Riesling. Rows of Durif, Nebbiolo and Tannat add spice to the property, and Chardonnay grown on a neighbouring property complements the varieties on offer.

    These are rich, complex and elegant table wines that are great ambassadors of the regional Grampians style, as interpreted by an experienced winemaker with an attention to detail.


    Chockstone Shiraz is known for its complex layers of flavours, nicely balanced natural acidity, and fine tannins. Picking the grapes at optimum maturity, just as we start to taste pepper spice is the key to obtaining our refined style. What follows in the cellar is long un-hurried fermentation that promotes the careful development of the wine’s restrained personality. Aging in carefully selected older American and French barrels is the final step in creating the Chockstone Shiraz.

    Warm summer temperatures and low yielding vines allow the Shiraz grapes to attain a full degree of ripeness and a wide range of flavours. These conditions conspire to produce an elegant and rich Chockstone Shiraz that displays a full spectrum of dark berry flavours that are balanced with our characteristic black pepper spice.


    Chockstone Shiraz is a nice ripe beauty, displaying overt brambly notes and has a soft and generous palate. But don’t be fooled, under that opulent exterior lies a seriously complex and age-worthy wine. A richly layered palate of blackberries, cassis, dark chocolate and black pepper spice is augmented with hints of violets, bacon fat, and liquorice. These layers of flavour give way to a warm, velvety structure and lead into a long, plush finish.


    'Deep, bright red/purple colour with a bold fruit-driven, slightly floral aroma of sweet plum, raspberry and fresh herbs. It's full-bodied and firm, soft in the middle but with abundant tannins bringing up the rear. The aftertaste has a trace of licorice and a hint of peppery bitterness, which all adds to the refreshing properties and the aftertaste rumbles on and on. '
    93 Points - Huon Hooke

    Previous Vintage Reviews

    '10yo vines, machine-harvested, 2-3 days cold soak, open-fermented in small batches with cultured yeast, 1-12 days post-ferment maceration, matured in 10% new American and a mix of used French and American oak for 9 months. Full, deep crimson-purple; exudes class from start to finish with burnished black cherry/berry fruits, spice, pepper and licorice. It is at once elegant, but persistent, and very long in the mouth. French oak and tannins make a snappy salute to the fruit. Great value.'
    96 Points - James Halliday (2015 Vintage)

    'This is Grampians shiraz at its autocratic best, taking some of the raw power of young, high quality cabernet sauvignon. The colour is superb, the bouquet extremely complex, built around the surging black fruits, earth and licorice of the full-bodied palate, which gains yet more depth from the ripe, but persistent tannins.'
    97 Points - James Halliday (2014 Vintage)

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