Sunday, November 29, 2009

**+ $$ The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz, South Eastern Australia - Wine Review and Rating

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By way of background: The Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz is from South Eastern Australia, made by well-known winemaker Ben Riggs, and produced by also-well-known Woop Woop Wines. It's a bit of a lesser-known treat in the Western countries, but more well-recognized Down Under. This sparkler comes in at a potent 13.5% alcohol. Let's see what it brings...

In the glass: Mid-red in the glass, with a fairly significant head of grape-juice like foam settled along the top.

On the nose: Poured without a decant and just lightly swirled, the aroma is mild, of concord grapes and a bit of classic shiraz. Touch of yeast too.

On the palate: Prickly bubbles touch the upper palate first, bringing lightly sweet fruit and a distinct charcoal twang to the roof of your mouth. Then the bubbles bring more light, dry fruit up there too.

And the finish: Finish settles on a charcoal note that curls the back edges of your cheeks. That sizzle inside your cheeks lasts for more than a minute. Interesting.

In summary: Interesting, I think I'm still getting accustomed to the experience. Two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for the exotic, yet still balanced experience. My ratings for Paringa Sparkling Shiraz, though almost a year and a half ago, were higher.

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