Chocolate Box 'Dark Chocolate' Shiraz 750 ml
Good colour, nose shows cherry fruit with mocha/dark chocolate flavours, well integrated silky tannin, palate is mouth filling, surprisingly complex for such a young wine.
Grape Variety : 96% Shiraz, 4% Viognier
Region: Barossa Valley
Oak Maturation A selection of new and second use French and American oak hogsheads.
Typical Analysis 14.5% Alc/vol, 3.40 pH, 6.54g/L TA
Optimal Drinking A great wine to consume now but will benefit greatly from several years maturation.
Colour Deep, garnet red
Bouquet A chorus of sweet, sensual sandalwood, nectarine and roasted almond, over a refrain of turmeric, praline and coffee
Palate Textured, powdery tannins and dark chocolate beneath a pastiche of coffee, apricot and liquorice
Viticulture Fair Winter rains and a strong, regular growing season. Harvested in early March at optimum maturity.
Winemaking Fruit was gently destemmed before undergoing a cool, temperature controlled fermentation. Twice daily pumpovers were performed to optimise flavour extraction. After 7-10 days in open fermenters the wine was gently pressed to barrels for maturation
Storage/Maturation 20 months in seasoned French and American Hogsheads
Food Matches Rock salt encrusted, rare roast beef with sauteed garlic and parsley potatoes