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Bress Silver Chook Heathcote Bendigo Shiraz

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Yet another regional blend from Bress, but this time it's Bendigo and Heathcote. It's a bonny, medium-bodied shiraz that shows scents of dark fruits, earthy spices and toasty oak on the nose, whilst the palate is fruit-driven, with plummy flavours, licks of vanilla, fine-grained tannins, and a dry, earthy finish. Cook up some lamb shanks and enjoy!

Winemaker's Notes

A formidable blend from two great regions. Heathcote confers structure and length and Bendigo plushness and generosity. Blended together we have a robust and powerful yet focused wine. Immensely drinkable now but cellaring for half a decade will also benefit this beauty. Food Friends: Slow roasted marinated lamb shoulder

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Bress Silver Chook Heathcote Bendigo Shiraz

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
A clever take on the cool '11 season, built more around texture than fruit, benefiting from a chalky, grainy understated exoticism and lingering dried herb and dried flower complexity to layers of plum liqueur, high cocoa dark chocolate and mixed spice.
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
92
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
What a recipe, what a wine, what's with such a low price? All the tricks in the artisan's book: whole bunch, wild ferment, hand plunged and matured in French oak. It's floral, complex, textural and mesmerising.
WINE 100 Magazine - 2011 2011
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Lighter-bodied than Gold Chook, with the fruit aromas and flavours more in the red spectrum, just a few darker notes; the lively, spicy palate has good line, length and balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
92
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Adam Marks makes wines of elegance, texture, mouth feel and drinkability, "because I want decent booze to drink when I knock off work, like everyone else!" Amazing aromatics of violets, roses, cherry blossom, plums, sarsaparilla root and wild honey carry right through the dark berry fruit palate.
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Has more weight, power and intensity than the Heathcote & Bendigo; the full-bodied palate is crammed with black fruits, tannins and oak, and will richly repay extended cellaring.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Some colour development; medium-bodied; supple blackberry, plum and licorice fruit with fine, savoury tannins giving very good structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Adam Marks' gold chook Heathcote shiraz delivers plenty of fragrance, red fruits and berries, gently complex spices and some earthy notes too. The palate shows iron-like soil characters, nicely ripe, plenty of savoury berry and plum flavours, tannins lend ample support right through the plum-skin finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Not star-bright, but good hue; highly aromatic black cherry/plum/berry; excellent texture and structure with finely meshed tannins — all this achieved at 13.5 baume.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
96
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Superb purple-red; laden with black cherry, blackberry and spice; no viognier mentioned, though it is of that style; tannins fine, alcohol likewise.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Very good colour; lovely wine right from the outset; blackberry, plum and spice flavours; outstanding tannin structure woven through the palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
96
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Dense colour; opulent blackberry, dark chocolate and plum, yet paradoxically restrained.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
92

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