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Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz

$20.00
Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz is serious splurgundy, full bodied and layered with red and black fruits, tightly structured and finished with a responsible addition of sugar. Ben Riggs at his brilliant best.
Black Chook Sparkling Shiraz
Wine Specs
Variety
Shiraz
Region
McLaren Vale, SA
Winery
Black Chook
Winemaker
Ben Riggs
Body
Medium
Sweetness
Sweet
Drinking Window
Now
Bling
Gold 2014 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
Alcohol %
13
Closure
Cork
Size
750 mL
Biodynamic
No
Organic
No
Vegan Friendly
No
Black Chook is just about the best balanced sparkling red we've encountered. We often find with sparkling reds that, while most of them are pretty sweet, many are too sweet, too tanic or lacking in quality fruit. This wine avoids all that, having excellent depth of fruit and good tannins that provide structure without dominating the fruit.
McLaren Vale, SA

Region

McLaren Vale, SA

Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowne ...
Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowned Shiraz producers, accounting for roughly 50% of grapes crushed annually. Read Full Article
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Shiraz

Variety

Shiraz

Shiraz (which is essentially Syrah) is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and ...
Shiraz (which is essentially Syrah) is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce powerful red wines. Read Full Article
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Ben Riggs

Winemaker

Ben Riggs

Mr Riggs, Penny's Hill, Woop Woop, Zonte’s Footstep We often joke that there must b ...
Mr Riggs, Penny's Hill, Woop Woop, Zonte’s Footstep We often joke that there must be more than one Ben Riggs, that no one winemaker could have his hands in such a range of premium McLaren Vale wineries. And yet, after thorough research (we asked) he has not cloned himself. With 14 years making wine at Wirra Wirra alone, Ben's experience totals a quarter century of producing notable wines, including Penny's Hill, Tatiarra, and Cazal Viel in France. But his real love for McLaren Vale remains, and along with Tony Parkinson, he has crafted successful brands like Woop Woop and his own Mr. Riggs. With such a broad portfolio, Ben picks up awards ... Read Full Article
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Woop Woop Wines

Winery

Woop Woop Wines

Region: McLaren ValeProprieter: Tony ParkinsonAddress:PO Box 584, Main RoadMcLaren ValeSou ...
Region: McLaren ValeProprieter: Tony ParkinsonAddress:PO Box 584, Main RoadMcLaren ValeSouth Australia, 5171 Woop Woop Wines (Woop Woop being Australian for "in the middle of nowhere") sources grapes from the backblocks of vineyard owner Tony Parkinson's fields. This winery produces under the Woop Woop, Big Woop and Black Chook labels. Winemaker Ben Riggs works with Tony on producing this line of wines, as part of a network of McLaren Vale wine industry friendlies (the Galvanised Wine Group). In this case, they craft New World, approchable wines at the local McLaren Vintners winery. Woop Woop sources grapes from a number of sub-regions, including ... Read Full Article
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Woop Woop Wines
Woop Woop Wines

Region: McLaren Vale
Proprieter: Tony Parkinson
Address:
PO Box 584, Main Road
McLaren Vale
South Australia, 5171

Woop Woop Wines (Woop Woop being Australian for "in the middle of nowhere") sources grapes from the backblocks of vineyard owner Tony Parkinson's fields. This winery produces under the Woop Woop, Big Woop and Black Chook labels.

Winemaker Ben Riggs works with Tony on producing this line of wines, as part of a network of McLaren Vale wine industry friendlies (the Galvanised Wine Group). In this case, they craft New World, approchable wines at the local McLaren Vintners winery. Woop Woop sources grapes from a number of sub-regions, including the Riverland, Padthaway and Langhorne Creek. This covers a range of soil and climate, from warm 'terra rossa' soils that produce punchy reds, to cooler riverside and maritime areas favouring excellent whites.

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Shiraz
Shiraz

Shiraz (which is essentially Syrah) is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce powerful red wines.

Read more
McLaren Vale, SA
McLaren Vale, SA

Less than 40km south of Adelaide, McLaren Vale is another one of South Australia's renowned Shiraz producers, accounting for roughly 50% of grapes crushed annually.

Read more
Ben Riggs
Ben Riggs

Mr Riggs, Penny's Hill, Woop Woop, Zonte’s Footstep

We often joke that there must be more than one Ben Riggs, that no one winemaker could have his hands in such a range of premium McLaren Vale wineries. And yet, after thorough research (we asked) he has not cloned himself.

With 14 years making wine at Wirra Wirra alone, Ben's experience totals a quarter century of producing notable wines, including Penny's Hill, Tatiarra, and Cazal Viel in France. But his real love for McLaren Vale remains, and along with Tony Parkinson, he has crafted successful brands like Woop Woop and his own Mr. Riggs.

With such a broad portfolio, Ben picks up awards with regularity. Twice named Bushing King (for making the best wine at the McLaren Vale Wine Show), and winning the first two Great Australian Shiraz Challenges. His wines have also won best in show at the Sydney International Top 100 (1991 Wirra Wirra "Angelus").

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