This Weekend's Pick

Wine of the Weekend

The Black Chook Shiraz Viognier 2018

With the holidays approaching, you’re probably seeing red and white everywhere: lights, decorations, maybe even your nose (careful, it might be frostbite). You can now see these colours of the season in your wine glass as well. This week’s wine combines the red Shiraz grape with a touch of the white Viognier grape to create one of the most regarded blends in the wine world. This practice was started in the Rhone valley of France and taken up by the New World home of Shiraz, Australia. Decorate your wine glass red and white by pouring The Black Chook Shiraz Viognier this weekend.

Tasting Notes: A blend of Shiraz (96%) and Viognier (4%) creating lifted aromas of blackberry, plum, and red cherry fruit, sweet, perfumed spices and mocha, supported by a structure of lively acidity and fine, supple tannins.

Enjoy With: Lamb burgers, roasted red meats or sausages, steak, or on its own!

Style: A smooth, full-bodied red wine.

Terroir/Region: The Black Chook Shiraz Viognier is a marriage of two Australian regions: the McLaren Vale, known for big, fruity, smooth reds, and Padthaway, a young region, but already known for growing top quality grapes due to its underground water systems and diverse soil types. The result is a balanced, well-structured wine which delivers some of the best Australia has to offer!

Producer: The Galvanized Wine Group, the winery making The Black Chook, took a new direction in 2014, the first vintage their new winemaker, Alexia Roberts, was in full control. Since that time Alexia has become involved in every aspect of the business – from vineyard, to office, to winemaker’s dinners – and the results could not be better. Just try a sip!

Availability: The Black Chook Shiraz Viognier 2018 will be available for online ordering and in the Vintages section of your local LCBO on December 12, but some stores may have it on shelf already. Pick up some extra bottles and help your friends decorate their glasses red and white!


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Price: $18.95
LCBO#: 66738
Size: 750mL
Alcohol Content: 14.5% alc./vol.