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2017 A.T. Richardson Ironstone Shiraz

Grampians

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Our Price: $16.99 / bottle (RRP: $25.00 ) Case: 12 x 750ml

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 (Previous Chockstone Shiraz: Ironstone is a single-vineyard special bottling)

  • Taken from a single-vineyard owned by the chief viticulturist at A.T. Richardson, this fruit usually makes its way in to the Chockstone wines, however in 2017 they took the opportunity to produce a a special bottling from the cooler vintage, where are Rhone like perfumed style of wine was able to be made. This is a cracking little red, full of pepper spice, blue fruits and black tea tannins. Lovely wine, that is a good foil to the more decadence and fruit cake of the Chockstone range.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Four different clones of Shiraz have been planted in the ironstone soils—each carefully selected from historical regional clones with a proven track record for grapes with highly concentrated flavours. The region’s poor soil and minimal rainfall results in complex and structured Shiraz wines with wonderful layers of berry and spice flavours.

    Ironstone 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.

  • REVIEWS


    A.T Richardson 'Chockstone' Reviews from Previous Vintages (Ironstone is a special single-vineyard bottling of Chockstone)

    ''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 (Previous 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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